Swiss police use plane to drop leaflets in massive manhunt

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Swiss police on Monday said a plane would be deployed to drop leaflets in a bid to catch a 67-year-old man who is on the run after he opened fire at police twice last week.

Police from the canton of Bern said the leaflets contain a picture of someone close to the fugitive Peter Hans Kneubuehl, as well as a message from this contact.

"About 100 leaflets have been dropped in the region of Biel and in the surrounding forests," said a police spokeswoman Florie Marion.

Police launched a massive manhunt after Kneubuehl fired several shots in the night of Wednesday to Thursday at police officers in the northern town of Biel, severely wounding one of them.

The fugitive emerged near his home there the following night and opened fire again on police officers, before fleeing.

"In the meantime, a search is ongoing with the help of important means and the investigation continues in a very active manner," said local police, who insisted that Kneubuehl posed no immediate danger to the population.

© 2010 AFP

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