A man with a chainsaw has launched a rampage in a town in Switzerland injuring at least five people, police have said.

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

Two people were seriously injured during the incident which happened close to a McDonald’s store in the Muller-Bluck area of the town, news agency Reuters reported.

Swiss police, who gave no further details of the attack, sealed off the centre of the town close the the German border.

According to local newspaper Blick, officers are hunting for the suspect.

The story is being updated

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