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Tourists killed by Egyptian forces

Episode 150914 / 14 Sep 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) Egyptian security forces have deliberately attacked and killed a group of soldiers.

b) Egyptian security forces have deliberately attacked and killed a group of tourists.

c) Egyptian security forces have attacked and killed a group of tourists by mistake.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

convoy
a group of vehicles travelling together

militants
people taking part in a violent conflict, often for political reasons

restricted
limited to people with special permission 

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Egyptian security forces have attacked a tourist convoy in a desert region after mistaking the visitors for militants.

Egypt says 12 people were killed, including Mexican tourists.

The Egyptian government says the convoy had entered a restricted area near the Libyan border.

Answer

c) Egyptian security forces have attacked and killed a group of tourists by mistake.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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