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Italy ship thwarts pirate attack

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An Italian cruise ship has fended off a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia, the vessel's captain has said.

Ciro Pinto said six pirates in a speedboat approached his Melody ship and opened fire, but were forced to flee after security men fired back.

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