5 hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

5 hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

5 hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

The Schaffhausen police department announced the arrest on its website Tuesday night.

According to the police, the 51-year-old man is believed to be bald, around 190cm tall with an unkempt appearance.

Police said the perpetrator has been identified but remains at large after the attack, which prompted them to seal off the centre of the town on the German border.

On Monday afternoon, police said they had located the Volkswagen minivan the suspect was believed to have driven.

Wrousis fled the scene and was caught on camera carrying a black bag and a rucksack that likely contain the chainsaw and possibly other weapons, the 20Minuten website said, quoting Schaffhausen police.

Mr Landolt said Wrousis has two previous convictions, dating back to 2014 and 2016, for contraventions of weapons laws.

A health insurance company that has an office in the building where the attack took place said two of its employees had to be taken to a hospital, Blick reported. One of them was seriously hurt, though not in a life-threatening condition.

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The suspect's vehicle, a white Volkswagen, has been found but he remains on the run and is presumed unsafe, although not necessarily armed, ATS said, quoting police. "All we know is he wanted to harm our employees".

Police found his vehicle, a white Volkwagen model Caddy with plates from the southeastern Swiss canton of Graubünden (GR). She said two staff members were among the injured.

Police have distributed photos of the presumed attacker.

Therese Karrer, who often walks her dog in woods south of Schaffhausen, said she saw the suspect several times in the last few weeks.

Police said the attack is not being treated as an act of terrorism.

Schaffhausen is a city of about 36,000 people north of Zurich.

"He may have been a little unusual, but he wasn't unfriendly", she said.

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