Police and ambulance cars are seen in the old quarter of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland on Monday, after a man armed with a chainsaw injured at least five people in an attack. The attacker has been identified and is believed to be on the run in a vehicle, ATS news agency said, citing the police. According to the agency, police have said the attack was not "a terrorist act." (Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police in Switzerland are searching for the man who they say attacked at least five people with a chainsaw Monday morning.
The perpetrator, who police did not immediately identify, entered an office building in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen Monday morning, where he allegedly attacked several people with the chainsaw. Nearby restaurants and shops were evacuated, according to the Swiss news outlet, The Local.
— Sebastian (@s_j_kummer) July 24, 2017
Police were alerted to the situation around 10:30 a.m. At least five people were reported to be injured, two of them seriously.
The BBC reported that at least one of the buildings the suspect entered was a health insurance company, but it was unclear if that is where the injuries occurred. Schaffhausen is a town of about 36,000 people.
Schaffhausen police said in a Facebook post Monday that the attack was "not an act of terrorism." The Facebook post said that police found the suspect's car, a Volkswagen Caddy, but that the suspect is still on the run.
Police said the man is around 6 feet, 2 inches tall and bald with a "rough appearance." He is believed to be dangerous.
Those injured in Monday's attack were being treated at hospitals, according to the Schaffhausen police website.
Die Polizei sucht mit DIESEN Bildern den Angreifer von Schaffhausen!
— Blick (@Blickch) July 24, 2017
Editor's note: This is a breaking news story. Updates will be added as more information is made available.
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