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Swiss chainsaw attacker still on the run

The man who injured several people on Monday morning after storming a Schaffhausen office building with a chainsaw is still on the run, police have said.

Swiss chainsaw attacker still on the run
Police hunt for Wrousis. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP
 
Two CSS employees were injured by the chainsaw, one seriously. Three other people were lightly injured, one in the course of the police operation, Schaffhausen police said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
Four of the five people taken to hospital have now been released.
 
Though the motive for the attack is unknown, Wrousis is thought to have specifically targeted CSS, of which he was a customer. 
 
Police stressed on Monday that the attack was not terror-related. 
 
Wrousis, a loner of no fixed abode who is thought to have lived in forests in several parts of Switzerland, fled the scene on Monday in a white VW Caddy that was later found by police in woods near Uhwiesen. 
 
A car belonging to Wrousis was found by police. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP
 
However the man himself remains at large.  
 
An intensive search is under way and police have issued an international warrant for his arrest. 
 
Currently there is nothing to suggest that he has crossed the border into Germany, German officials told the media.
 
Speaking to 20 Minuten, Ruedi Karrer, the president of Uhwiesen, two kilometres from Schaffhausen, said Wrousis had been living in the nearby forest for two weeks prior to the attack.
 
He had been acting bizarrely and “told my dog he had a great haircut,” said Karrer.
 
The suspect is described as 186m tall with brown short hair – contrary to a previous police statement that he was bald.
 
A picture taken just before the attack shows him wearing a green jacket and black trousers and carrying a black bag thought to contain the chainsaw. He also had an olive backback and white shoulder bag. 
 
Anyone who sees Wrousis should stay away from him and call Schaffhausen police on 052 624 2424 or the emergency number 117.
 
Police issued this image of Wrousis taken just before the attack. Photo: Schaffhausen police

ATTACK

Brother of Marseille attacker arrested by Swiss police

Swiss police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Tunisian couple including the brother of the assailant who fatally stabbed two young women in the French city of Marseille this month.

Brother of Marseille attacker arrested by Swiss police
The attack took place outside the main train station in Marseille. Photo: AFP
The pair, both asylum seekers, were arrested on Sunday in Chiasso, near the Italian border.
   
“The man is the brother of the presumed perpetrator of the attack in Marseille,” a statement from Swiss federal police said, referring to Ahmed Hanachi, the 29-year-old who killed two women in the French coastal city on October 1st.
   
The man currently in Swiss custody is “known to foreign police services for his links to jihadist terrorist movements,” the statement added.
   
“His role in the Marseille attack, if he had one, is not yet clear.”
 
   
Federal police spokeswoman Cathy Maret separately told AFP that, in accordance with Swiss law, the detained husband and wife are due to be repatriated to Tunisia.
   
But that process will take several weeks at minimum and could be altered if another jurisdiction requests the couple's extradition.
   
Maret earlier said that police had information indicating the couple “could represent a threat to Switzerland's domestic security”
   
They were arrested at the migrant registration centre in Chiasso in Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region, Maret added.
   
A French security source close to the investigation into the Marseille attack identified the man in Swiss custody as Anouar Hanachi.
   
The source said the arrests were requested by Tunisian authorities.
   
Swiss police would not confirm the identities of either the man or woman.
   
The news comes as one of Hanachi's other brothers, Anis, was arrested Saturday night in Italy, after French authorities issued an international arrest warrant.
   
Another one of his brothers and a sister were detained in Tunisia late last week and had been questioned by anti-terror investigators there. They have since been released.
   
Tunisian security sources have said they suspect both Ahmed and Anour Hanachi of being “extremists”.
   
Their father Noureddine has told AFP that he doubted his sons in Europe had been radicalized, adding that he had not heard from either for two months.
   
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Hanachi's attack, but French investigators have not yet found evidence linking him to the jihadist organization.