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.Well, if not "pirates" - what?
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.
It later returned safely to the Italian navy's ship San Giusto, said European Union Naval Force spokeswoman Jacqueline Sherriff.
I suggest "Thugs on a boat." You don't even has to use the word "suspected."