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Gunmen Free 'Fat Family' From Olympics Hospital

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One person has died and two more were wounded after Brazilian police exchanged fire with heavily armed men staging a dramatic raid on a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

The five men entered Hospital Municipal Souza Aguiar around 3am and freed a 28-year-old suspected drug trafficker being treated after he was shot by police during an earlier gun battle.

Another patient was killed after being caught in the crossfire and a police officer and a nurse required surgery after being hit by bullets in the daring raid to free Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus.

Nicknamed 'Fat Family', Pereira de Jesus was shot in the face and admitted to hospital during an exchange of fire with police a week ago. Military police are hunting the gunmen after identifying two of the suspects from CCTV footage.

He is alleged to be the brother of Marco Antonio Pereira Firmino da Silva, reported to be a drugs kingpin in the Santo Amaro district of Sao Paulo.

Souza Aguiar is one of five hospitals designated to treat tourists during the Olympics because of its proximity to the city's Maracana Stadium.

It is also on a US-Embassy list of medical facilities recommended for travellers to the Games.

Military Police Colonel Luiz Henrique Pires warned Rio's hospitals were not equipped to treat police prisoners.

"A measure has to be taken because these hospitals - the state and municipal hospitals - don't have structure to receive those elements," he said.

"It is not a new problem; it has happened before and has to be solved," he added.

Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes described the shoot-out as "shocking and unacceptable", adding that the city's doctors and nurses needed to be better protected.

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