Switzerland attack: At least five injured after man goes on chainsaw rampage

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A man with a chainsaw left at least five people injured after going on a rampage through the streets of a picturesque Swiss town, police said.

Police descended on the area’s old town amid reports that an unidentified male had launched the attack on Monday morning, local media reported.

The suspect remained at large hours after the incident which left two people seriously injured, police said.

It happened close to a McDonald’s store in the Muller-Bluck area of the town, news agency Reuters reported.

Cindy Beer, from the areas police force, told local media that the victims had been injured with a chainsaw.

But, she added, it remained unclear if the suspect was still carrying the weapon.

He is thought to remain in Schaffhausen or be in the vicinity of the northern town.

Ms Beer urged residents to remain vigilant and not to leave buildings, local newspaper Blick reported.

She said: “There is no danger for residents and employees in the old town.

“You must not leave the buildings yet.”

Witnesses told the newspaper that homes and businesses close to the scene had been placed on lockdown.

One shopkeeper said: “The police completely sealed off the old town. More and more policemen are coming.”

Another added: “I’ve seen two injured. They were taken away (in an ambulance).”

Police confirmed the incident is not being treated as “an act of terror”, according to Reuters.

This story is being updated.

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