The Reading / Listening - London Subway - Level 2

Police said a man who bombed a London subway train bought most of the bomb parts online. Police accused an 18-year-old Iraqi refugee of bombing a busy commuter train. The bomber left the bomb on a packed train during the rush hour. It exploded at Parsons Green station at 8.20am. About 30 passengers had burns to their face and body. Police said there would be more people hurt if the bomb had worked properly. It didn't detonate fully. Police said the bomb contained, "knives, screws, glass and similar items to increase the likelihood of death".



The bomber bought many of the ingredients for his bomb from Amazon. One ingredient was several hundred grams of an explosive called TATP. It is called "Mother of Satan" because it is so powerful. Police said the bomber wanted to create "maximum destruction". Reporters checked Amazon and were shocked to find that the site directed visitors to other things that could be used to make bombs. Amazon said it will stop this happening, saying: "In light of recent events, we are reviewing our website to ensure that all these products are presented in an appropriate [way]."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    London Subway - Level 0 London Subway - Level 1   or  London Subway - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/the-amazon-bomber-teenager-accused-11222035
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/london-subway-bombing-suspect-key-ingredients-amazon-article-1.3514039
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4528410/court-hears-parsons-green-accused-ahmed-hassan-bought-bomb-ingredients-on-amazon/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. bought most of the bomb
  2. a busy commuter
  3. during the rush
  4. About 30 passengers had burns
  5. if the bomb had
  6. It didn't detonate
  7. knives, screws, glass and similar
  8. increase the likelihood
  1. items
  2. hour
  3. worked properly
  4. of death
  5. fully
  6. train
  7. parts online
  8. to their face

Paragraph 2

  1. many of the ingredients
  2. several hundred grams
  3. the bomber wanted to create
  4. things that could be used
  5. In light of recent
  6. we are reviewing
  7. ensure that all these products
  8. in an appropriate
  1. way
  2. for his bomb
  3. our website
  4. are presented
  5. maximum destruction
  6. events
  7. of an explosive
  8. to make bombs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police (1) ___________________ bombed a London subway train bought (2) ___________________ parts online. Police accused an 18-year-old Iraqi refugee of bombing a busy commuter train. The bomber left the bomb (3) ___________________ train during the rush hour. It exploded at Parsons Green station at 8.20am. About 30 passengers (4) ___________________ their face and body. Police said there would be more people hurt if the bomb had worked properly. It didn't (5) ___________________. Police said the bomb contained, "knives, screws, glass and similar items to increase (6) ___________________ death".

The bomber bought (7) ___________________ ingredients for his bomb from Amazon. One ingredient was several (8) ___________________ an explosive called TATP. It is called "Mother of Satan" because it (9) ___________________. Police said the bomber wanted to create "maximum destruction". Reporters checked Amazon and were (10) ___________________ that the site directed visitors to other things that could be used to make bombs. Amazon said (11) ___________________ happening, saying: "In light of recent events, we are reviewing our website to ensure that all these products are presented (12) ___________________ [way]."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PolicesaidamanwhobombedaLondonsubwaytrainboughtmostoftheb
ombpartsonline.Policeaccusedan18-year-oldIraqirefugeeofbombin
gabusycommutertrain.Thebomberleftthebombonapackedtrainduri
ngtherushhour.ItexplodedatParsonsGreenstationat8.20am.About3
0passengershadburnstotheirfaceandbody.Policesaidtherewouldbe
morepeoplehurtifthebombhadworkedproperly.Itdidn'tdetonatefully
.Policesaidthebombcontained,"knives,screws,glassandsimilaritems
toincreasethelikelihoodofdeath".Thebomberboughtmanyoftheingre
dientsforhisbombfromAmazon.Oneingredientwasseveralhundredgr
amsofanexplosivecalledTATP.Itiscalled"MotherofSatan"becauseitis
sopowerful.Policesaidthebomberwantedtocreate"maximumdestruc
tion".ReporterscheckedAmazonandwereshockedtofindthatthesitedi
rectedvisitorstootherthingsthatcouldbeusedtomakebombs.Amazon
saiditwillstopthishappening,saying:"Inlightofrecentevents,wearere
viewingourwebsitetoensurethatalltheseproductsarepresentedinana
ppropriate[way]."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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