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Clashes rage in Rio as police try to capture drug trafficker

  • Officers take positions during a police operation against drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Recent violence is adding to worries about safety in Rio during the Olympics. Officials have warned that budget shortfalls may compromise security during the games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Officers take positions during a police operation against drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Recent violence is adding to worries about safety in Rio during the Olympics. Officials have warned that budget shortfalls may compromise security during the games. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A human dismembered foot is covered with a black plastic after it was found on the beach in front of the Olympic beach volleyball venue still under construction at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Police officers said the body parts had washed up from the sea, without any further details. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    A human dismembered foot is covered with a black plastic after it was found on the beach in front of the Olympic beach volleyball venue still under construction at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Police officers said the body parts had washed up from the sea, without any further details. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • A municipal worker observes a dismembered human foot covered with a black plastic after it was found on the beach in front of the Olympic beach volleyball venue still under construction at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Police officers said the body parts had washed up from the sea, without any further details. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    A municipal worker observes a dismembered human foot covered with a black plastic after it was found on the beach in front of the Olympic beach volleyball venue still under construction at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Police officers said the body parts had washed up from the sea, without any further details. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

Police attempts to recapture a drug trafficker who escaped from a Brazilian hospital have led to deadly gunbattles in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

The O Globo newspaper says 10 people have been killed and about 50 schools have been shuttered over the past nine days. Police would not immediately confirm the death toll.

Nicolas Labre Pereira, nicknamed "Fat Family," was freed on June 19 when assailants stormed one of the hospitals recommended for tourists traveling to the Olympic Games.

The violence is adding to worries about safety in Rio during the Olympics, which begin in August.

Last weekend, an off-duty bodyguard for Rio's mayor was shot dead in an apparent mugging. Also, a 34-year-old doctor was killed in her car on a main expressway.