A chainsaw-wielding criminal who injured 5 in Switzerland is still on the run — and police think this is him carrying his weapon

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A CCTV photograph which police say shows Franz Wrousis carrying a chainsaw on the morning of the attack.
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Schaffhausen Polizei

A man armed with a chainsaw, who injured 5 people in an apparent revenge attack on a Swiss health insurance company, is still on the run a day later.

More than 100 police officers are hunting Franz Wrousis, 51, who they believe was the man who attacked the offices of health insurers CSS in the town of Schaffhausen on Monday morning.

Wrousis has been described as an aggressive and potentially mentally unstable man who has spent the last several months living in the woods. He has two previous convictions for weapons offences.

Franz Wrousis Switzerland chainsaw

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Franz Wrousis, the alleged attacker.
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Schaffhauser Polizei

The Schaffhausen police department issued a new appeal for information on Tuesday. In a statement, they said they do not even have a rough idea where he is, and admitted that he may have fled the country.

Wrousis’ abandoned car, a white VW Caddy, was found in the countryside south of Schaffhausen on Monday afternoon, but police could not find the man himself. An international arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Schauffhausen Swiss chainsaw attack scene

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Armed police stand guard at the scene of the attack in central Schaffhausen.
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Reuters

Officers posted a CCTV image they said shows Wrousis on the morning of the attack, carrying a large black bag which they believe has the chainsaw inside.

Previous descriptions claiming Wrousis is bald appear to have been revised in light of the image, which shows a man with hair.

Police have said they believe Wrousis specifically targeted CSS, and was a customer of the company. But they warned he is still likely to be armed and could be a danger to the public.

Four of the five people who were injured have now been treated and released from hospital. One, a CSS employee named by Swiss tabloid Blick as 45-year-old Antonio B, was more seriously hurt and is still being treated.

Schaffhausen locator map

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A map showing Schaffahusen’s location in Switzerland.
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