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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
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dateline: 16 January 2019

21 Dead in Kenya Hotel Attack

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • confirm: to state that something is true
  • luxury: expensive
  • armed: having weapons
  • lobby: a room at the entrance of a building
  • civilian: an everyday person who is not in the army or police force
  • cite: to mention something as a way to support a reason or argument

21 Dead in Kenya Hotel Attack

At least 21 people are confirmed dead after a attack at a luxury hotel in Nairobi, Kenya this week. The attack began with a car bomb in the parking lot followed by a bomber in the lobby. The complex then filled with gunfire and civilians spent hours hiding in offices and bathrooms until security forces came to their rescue. The operation continued for 19 hours and resulted in the evacuation of about 700 people. A Somalia-based terrorist group named al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack and cited President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the of Israel as the cause.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the attack take place?
  2. Who took responsibility for the attack?
  3. Why does the report mention Donald Trump?

Discussion Question

Why might a terrorist group attack one nation and blame the attack on another nation’s decision-making?

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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.

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