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dateline: 28 October 2014

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Terrorist Kills Soldier in Canada’s Capital

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • lockdown: an emergency situation in which people are advised to remain in a secure location
  • bystander: a person who happens to be at the scene of a crime or accident
  • caucus: a political meeting
  • run down: hit by a car
  • immune: able to withstand without harm

Terrorist Kills Soldier In Canada’s Capital

Canada’s capital city was placed on lockdown last week after a terrorist attacked and killed a who was guarding the National War Memorial. Bystanders performed CPR, but were unable to save the life of Nathan Cirillo. Following the attack, the terrorist fled into Ottawa’s parliament buildings, where a caucus meeting was with Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, in attendance. The gunman was shot dead by officers in the Hall of Honour. The area surrounding the parliament buildings remained in lockdown throughout the day as officers worked that the gunman was working alone. Earlier in the week, Patrice Vincent, another Canadian soldier, was run down in Quebec by a man connected to a terrorist group. In his address to the nation, the reminded Canadians that Canada is not immune to attacks.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Where was Nathan Cirillo killed?
    2. Where did the terrorist go after killing the guard?
    3. What other terrorist attack is mentioned in this report?

Discussion Questions: During the chaos in Ottawa, military officers were warned not to appear on the streets in uniform. Do you think this was a wise warning, and do you think military officers complied with it?

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