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31 Killed In Brussels Terror Attacks

dateline: 24 March 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • alert: the state of watching for danger
  • rush hour: the busy time of day when workers are going to or leaving from work
  • manhunt: an intense search for a suspected criminal
  • on the run: hiding or trying to escape from authorities
  • fugitive: a person who runs away or hides in order to escape arrest

31 Killed In Brussels Terror Attacks

Europe remains under high alert after terrorists attacked an airport and subway station in Brussels during morning rush hour on Tuesday. Two suicide killed at least ten people at a departure check-in area at the airport. A third bomb exploded shortly after in a nearby subway killing twenty people. Over two-hundred people were injured in the attacks. A manhunt is underway for another suspect who is believed to be on the run. believe Tuesday’s attacks were related to Friday’s arrest of Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s most-wanted fugitive. Abdeslam had been on the run since the Paris terrorist attacks last November. ISIS has responsibility for the attacks in Brussels.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did these attacks take place?
  2. What was the death toll?
  3. Who was arrested the previous weekend?

Discussion Questions: Do media outlets sometimes reveal too much information when manhunts are ongoing, or does the public deserve to know everything?

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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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One Comment on “31 Killed In Brussels Terror Attacks”

  1. valentina says:

    Yesterday I was shocked. It is difficult to comment on such things. They are beyond the commom sense. What is the most outrageous it is that the puppeteers of the crime will get by as usual and will plan and arrange more and more acts of terror. Each of us is so vulnerable. I deeply sympathize with all Belgium people, especially with those who lost their relatives and friends.

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