Suspected Somali pirates fire on Italian navy helicopter

(Reuters) – Suspected pirates opened fire on an Italian navy helicopter on patrol off the east coast of Somalia, hitting a window and slightly injuring a pilot, the force said on Friday.

The attack from a small boat broke the window, spraying out glass that hit one of the pilots in the neck, the navy said.

The helicopter, which was taking part in a European Union anti-piracy operation named ‘Atalanta’, did not return fire to avoid endangering any possible hostages, it added.

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Article written by┬áNaomi O’Leary and Yara Bayoumy, courtesy of Reuters.

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