Swiss chainsaw attack was not a terrorist hit

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

The attack happened inside an office building in the centre of Schaffhausen, a small medieval town on the German border.

The town's historic old quarter was sealed off by a large deployment of officers who evacuated all nearby businesses and pedestrians, but the barricades were later removed and regular traffic returned to the area.

Swiss police officers stand at a crime scene in Schaffhausen, Switzerland July 24, 2017.

Wrousis was previously registered as living in Graubuenden canton, in Switzerland's southeast. Schaffhausen police released a photo of him taken before the incident on CCTV cameras.

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

A chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods stormed into an insurance office in a Swiss town on Monday, wounding two members of staff and three other people before fleeing, police said.

The suspect was convicted in 2014 and again in 2016 for weapons offences, police said. They described him as being about 1 meter 90 centimeters tall (6.2 feet) and said he is now partly bald and unkempt.

Franz Wrousis, the alleged attacker.

"We are searching for a man whose description is now known".

On Monday afternoon, police found a white Volkswagen minivan that the suspect was believed to be driving.

Now there is nothing to suggest that he has crossed the border into Germany, German officials told the media.

Karrer said Wrousis showed up three or four weeks ago in the forest and chatted with her once when he was having breakfast behind his auto.

"We can confirm that a man with a chainsaw came into the agency and seriously wounded two of our employees", said Christina Wettstein, a spokeswoman for insurer CSS. "I never felt threatened".

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