Swiss chainsaw attacker still on the run

At least five people were injured on Monday in a reported chainsaw attack in the Swiss city Schaffhausen.

Speaking to 20 Minuten, Ruedi Karrer, the president of Uhwiesen, two kilometres from Schaffhausen, said Wrousis had been living in the nearby forest for two weeks prior to the attack.

A man suspected of wounding five people with a chainsaw was still on the loose Tuesday, and a massive manhunt was taking place on the Swiss-German border.

Swiss authorities said that they didn't believe the attack was terror-related.

The Swiss newspaper Blick is quoting an insurance company as saying that two of its employees in the northern city of Schaffhausen had to be taken to a hospital after an attack by a man wielding a chainsaw.

Authorities say Wrousis, a client of health insurer CSS, targeted the agency, although a motive remains unclear.

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The chief of security in Schaffhausen, Ravi Landoldt, has described Wrousis as a "dangerous and aggressive man", who had been convicted for weapons offences in 2014 and again in 2016.

He didn't elaborate or say where they were committed, but said Wrousis has no previous record in the small northern canton (state) of Schaffhausen, near the German border.

The incident was a shock to the people of Schaffhausen, said Marco Latzer, a journalist in Schaffhausen. They said they had identified the attacker, but did not name him, describing him in a statement appealing for help from the public as bald, unkempt and around six feet three inches tall.

"We have information that this man is risky, that he is aggressive and, shall we say, psychologically disturbed", Landolt added. The victim with the most serious wounds is now out of danger, police said according to the BBC.

The attack began in an insurance office, Sticher said, and a Volkswagen van that belongs to Wrousis has been found.

Police have distributed multiple photos of Wrousis, including one of him looking dishevelled in a forested area. "I never felt threatened".

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