At least five hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

At least five hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

The authorities said that they were still investigating the motivation for the attack, but that Mr. Wrousis appeared to have been targeting employees of CSS Insurance who were working in the company's office in Schaffhausen.

A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.

The assailant has been identified as Franz Wrousis, 51, who has a criminal history and had reportedly been living in a forest. She said "we can't say exactly what happened at this point". Authorities said their lives were not in danger.

Three other people suffered various injuries amid the fracas but none of the victims are now in critical condition, public broadcaster RTS reported.

According to the agency, police have said the attack was not "a terrorist act".

Wettstein said the suspect has a health insurance policy with the company. Schaffhausen police released a photo of Wrousis taken before the incident on CCTV cameras.

Swiss media reported that Wrousis was a CSS client.




A police official said Wrousis had previous weapon offences dating back to 2014 and 2016. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries, the police said.

The suspect is described as 186m tall with brown short hair - contrary to a previous police statement that he was bald.

Franz Wrousis, the alleged attacker.

A shop owner told Swiss newspaper Blick a man with a chainsaw was walking the streets and police later confirmed the report.

On Monday afternoon, police found the Volkswagen minivan with registration plates from Graubuenden that the suspect was believed to be driving. They did not elaborate on its condition or say if anything else was found in it.

Schaffhausen is a city of about 36,000 north of Zurich, near the border with Germany.

In recent weeks, Wrousis was seen several times in forests just south of Schaffhausen.

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