Police hunt for chainsaw attacker after 5 wounded

Police swarmed a town in Switzerland on Monday looking for a man who wounded five people in an attack, reportedly using a chainsaw. There was no clear motive in the attack. 

Cindy Beer, a spokesperson for the police department in Schaffhausen, in northern Switzerland near the German border, told SRF television that police were alerted at 10.39 a.m. Monday (0839 GMT) to the incident. She said “we can’t say exactly what happened at this point.” 

She added: “We just know that a person wounded several people.” The man’s whereabouts are currently unknown. 

Swiss police told the Reuters news agency that five people were injured in the attack, including two who were seriously wounded. Local media said one man was taken to hospital with a severe head wound.

No further information was immediately available from Swiss authorities.

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