Swiss police issue global warrant for chainsaw attacker

Franz Wrousis Switzerland chainsaw

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

Police said Wrousis attacked an office building for the CSS health insurance company in Schaffhausen, near Switzerland's northern border with Germany.

The assailant has been identified as Franz Wrousis, 51, who has a criminal history and had reportedly been living in a forest.

Following a day-long manhunt, police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested the suspect.

Police said that while Wrousis' motive is unclear, they believe he targeted the insurance company specifically.

The injured included one employee of the insurance company who suffered serious wounds, AFP reported, citing Schaffhausen police.

The suspect was convicted in 2014 and again in 2016 for weapons offences, police said.

Cindy Beer, from the areas police force, told local media that the victims had been injured with a chainsaw, and detectives later added that it was believed the suspect was still carrying the weapon.

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.

Wrousis' vehicle was found on Monday but the manhunt continues, Schaffhausen Police said in a statement. They described him as being about 1 meter 90 centimeters tall (6.2 feet) and said he is now partly bald and unkempt.

The border to Germany is located a few miles north of where the attack took place and an worldwide arrest warrant has been issued.

Swiss police ruled out terrorism.

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. The image shows him walking along a street in a green jacket carrying a large black bag, which they said may have contained the chainsaw.

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

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