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Several injured in Swiss chainsaw attack

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NEW: The attack started in an insurance office

Suspected attacker named as Franz Wrousis, 51, a Swiss national

Schaffhausen, Switzerland CNN —  

The suspect in a chainsaw attack that left two people injured Monday has been arrested, police in northern Switzerland said Tuesday.

Police said they do not believe Monday’s attack in the historic town of Schaffhausen is terrorism related, but warned the public that the man at large is “dangerous.”

Franz Wrousis
From Schaffhauser Polizei
Franz Wrousis

The attacker was identified as 51-year-old Franz Wrousis, a Swiss national with no fixed address who lives in a forest, Schaffhausen public prosecutor Peter Sticher said.

Sticher described him as a 190 centimeter-tall (6 feet 2 inches tall) bald white man, while police described him as a man of “untidy appearance.”

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating Wrousis. Schaffhausen police released a photo of him taken before the incident on CCTV cameras. He appears to be wearing a green windbreaker and black trousers, police said. He is carrying a big black bag that may have contained the chainsaw.

From Schaffhauser Polizei

Wrousis has been charged twice in the past for having illegal weapons, in 2014 and 2016, but he wasn’t sentenced to prison, Schaffhausen public prosecutor Peter Sticher said Monday.

Christina Wettstein, a spokesperson for the insurance company CSS, said two of the company’s employees were injured, one seriously. They have undergone surgery, she said, and their lives are no longer at risk.

Wettstein said the suspect has a health insurance policy with the company.

A major police operation was underway Monday for the attacker.
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A major police operation was underway Monday for the attacker.

“The suspect targeted our company, he wanted to harm our employees,” she said. “But we cannot say exactly what the motive was. All we know is he wanted to harm our employees.”

The company is concerned that the suspect will approach one of its offices and embark on another attack. Wettstein said security guards are being deployed at CSS offices in the region.

Wrousis has been charged twice in the past for having illegal weapons, in 2014 and 2016, but he wasn’t sentenced to prison, according to Sticher.

Images of the scene show a cobble-stoned street cordoned off, with police vehicles and ambulances in the area.

Police cordoned off parts of Schaffhausen after the attack.
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Police cordoned off parts of Schaffhausen after the attack.

A journalist in Schaffhausen, Marco Latzer, told CNN that helicopters also responded to the scene.

The incident was a shock to the people of Schaffhausen, said Marco Latzer, a journalist in Schaffhausen.

“It’s kind of a big thing for this town, of course, and many people here are really shocked,” he said. “It’s a very peaceful place … a quiet place, normally.”

CNN’s Angela Dewan wrote from London. Carol Jordan, Joe Sterling, Sara Mazloumsaki and Alex Felton contributed to this report.