At least five people have been injured following a chainsaw attack in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen.

Two people have been seriously hurt after an male suspect launched the attack in an office building just outside the center of the town on the German border.

Parts of Schaffhausen have been sealed off while police deal with the "special incident".

Police later confirmed they are searching for the suspect who committed the chainsaw attack and the incident is not being treated as terrorism related.

A spokesperson said: "On Monday morning (24 July) a man armed with a chainsaw arrived in the property Vorstadt 18 in Schaffhausen and injured several people there. The old town of Schaffhausen is surrounded by a large area, and the search for the now identified suspect is underway."

The suspect is described as male, around 6ft two inches tall, balding with an unkempt appearance. He is believed to be driving a white Volkswagen vehicle with Graubünden plates.

Police released a photo of the "dangerous" suspect as part of the investigation into the attack.

A spokesperson for air rescue service Rega told 20 Minuten they have sent two helicopters to the scene.

Local residents were told not to leave their homes or places of work while the operation to find the suspect commences.

"The police completely sealed off the old town. More and more policemen are coming", one resident told Blick.

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Picture of the suspected chainsaw attacker Schaffhausen Police