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dateline: 03 January 2011

New Year’s Bomb Explodes in Egypt

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • gather: to get together
  • midnight Mass: a late night service in a Christian church
  • riot: an outbreak of violence, generally caused by sudden anger by a group of people against the government or an institution
  • originally: at first; in the beginning
  • blast: explosion
  • Copt: a person who descended from ancient Egyptian Christians

New Year’s Bomb Explodes in Egypt

Just ten minutes into , a bomb at an Egyptian church killed at least 25 people and injured more than 70 others. About 1,000 people had gathered at a Christian midnight Mass in Alexandria. The bomb took place as the ended. A riot between police and Christians continued through the night and into the next day. The President argued that the was not tied to any religion. A Muslim was also damaged in the attack. Originally the bomb was thought to come from a . Investigators later said that the blast came from a suicide bomber in the crowd.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What time did the bomb go off?
  2. What type of attack did people think had happened at first?
  3. What did Egypt’s President say about the attack?

Discussion Question

President Mubarak stated that “terrorism does not distinguish between Copt and Muslim.” Do you agree with his statement? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.