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Venezuela forces raid house in bid to capture 'Rambo' helicopter pilot

Venezuelan forces launch raid to capture rebel pilot
Venezuelan forces launch raid to capture rebel pilot
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Fate of Oscar Perez is unclear as several 'terrorists' are killed in assault

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The fate of a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela is unclear following a raid on a house outside Caracas.

The authorities say they have killed several men and arrested five more members of a cell linked to rogue police officer Oscar Perez who spoke on social media during the assault.

In the footage Perez says "They're shooting at us with rocket-propelled grenades. There are civilians inside here. We said we'd turn ourselves in, but they don't want to let us turn ourselves in. They want to kill us."

President Nicolas Maduro has described Perez and his followers as fanatics and extremist terrorists.

"They are already giving their statements and telling all. The terrorist plans they had are horrifying," Maduro told lawmakers.

Óscar Pérez rose to notoriety in last year when, amid anti-government protests that left more than 100 dead, he launched several grenades from a stolen police helicopter aimed at two government buildings.

No one was injured but Perez who has been in action films and portrays himself as a Rambo figure has been on the run ever since.

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