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Police pursue manhunt with leaflet drop

Leaflets are being distributed in the Swiss town of Biel in the latest move by police to track down a gunman on the run since Thursday.

This content was published on September 13, 2010 - 16:57
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The 67-year-old evaded capture by police last week after an incident reportedly sparked by the impending sale of his home.

After being holed up in his home, he escaped, exchanging shots with police and wounding an officer. He was last seen trying to return to the house in the early hours of Friday morning.

In a new attempt to find him, leaflets written by people close to the man are being put up around the area and dropped by air, a spokesman told a news conference on Monday.

A local primary school and nursery were closed on Monday as their security couldn't be assured.

The police have also published a new photo of the man on the internet. He is not believed to be an immediate danger to the population but police warned people should not take risks if they see him.

He is believed to have been very attached to the family home, which is due to be sold by auction.

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