1. Match the words in Column A with their definitions in Column B.
  • assassination
  • cell
  • clandestine
  • explosive
  • hostage
  • large-scale
  • to launch
  • to plot
  • to recruit
  • ransom
  • to set off
  • suicide bomber
  • surveillance
  • to target
  • to thwart
  • involving a lot of effort, people, supplies etc.
  • the act of murdering an important personfor political or religious reasons
  • a person seized or held as security for the fulfillment of a condition
  • a small group of people who are working secretly as part of a larger organization
  • done or kept secret
  • a close watch kept by the police on a person or place because they may be connected with criminal activities
  • to make a secret plan to harm a person or organization, especially a political leader or government
  • a substance that is used in making bombs
  • to prevent from happening or succeeding
  • someone who hides a bomb on their body and explodes it in a public place, killing himself or herself and other people, usually for political reasons
  • to choose a person or place to attack them
  • to make a bomb explode
  • to organize and participate in something
  • to get people to join a terrorist group
  • an amount of money that is paid to free someone who is held prisoner

2. Substitute the words in bold with a word or word combination from the box without changing its form.
assassination cell clandestine explosives extortion hostages large-scale launched to plot ransom recruited set off suicide bomber surveillance to thwart targeted
  1. Террорист-самоубийца - ... привел в действие взрывное устройство.
  2. Последние взрывы направлены - ... _ прежде всего против властей.
  3. В полиции заявили, что освобожденные заложники - ... находятся в «безопасном месте».
  4. Российские спецслужбы осуществляли наблюдение - ... за господином Яндарбиевым.
  5. Федеральным силам удалось предотвратить - ... террористический акт.
  6. В одном из парков вчера утром нашли пакет, в котором содержались взрывчатые вещества - ... .
  7. Филиппинские силы безопасности раскрыли тайную - ... ячейку международной террористической организации «Джамаа Исламия».
  8. Члены исламистской группировки занимались вербовкой - ... террористов-смертников для совершения терактов в Ираке.
  9. Три террориста-камикадзе совершили - ... нападение на американскую военную базу.
  10. Злоумышленники намеревались использовать арсенал для крупномасштабных - ... терактов на территории республики.
  11. Террорист привел в действие - ... пояс смертника.
  12. Немцов на момент убийства - ... являлся действующим депутатом Ярославской городской думы.
  13. В этом районе базируется ячейка - ... террористической группировки «Исламское государство» (ИГ).
  14. Боевики грозились убить пленных, если выкуп - ... не будет заплачен.
  15. Террористические группы продолжают планировать - ... теракты в различных регионах.

3. For each word listed in Column A, choose a synonym from Column B.
  • murder
  • commit
  • secret
  • plan
  • explode
  • prevent
  • attack
  • bomb
  • extremist
  • wound
  • clandestine
  • set off
  • fanatic
  • thwart
  • launch
  • assassination
  • injure
  • plot
  • explosive device
  • target

4. Choose the word that best completes the sentence.
assassination cell clandestine explosives hostages ransom recruit set off suicide bombers surveillance targeted thwart
  1. The Italian government approved a package of anti-terrorism measures that makes it a specific crime to ... and train people for terrorism.
  2. An al-Qaida’s terror ... has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that has killed at least 75 people.
  3. The New York subways will get an extensive network of ... cameras like the ones used in London in an effort to keep an eye on suspicious behavior and ... terror attacks.
  4. A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly faking his own kidnapping and demanding $750 ... from his mother.
  5. London police are hunting four bombers after three subway trains and a bus were targeted with ... that failed to detonate.
  6. London and the surrounding areas have been ... by terrorists in the past, notably in the 1984 bombing of the Brighton Hotel, where five were killed in a failed ... attempt on then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
  7. The ... were believed to have ... their explosives as trains approached.
  8. Hundreds of Colombian ... continue to languish in ... jungle camps.

5. Match the words in Column A with the words in Column B to make up possible word combinations.
  • an assassination
  • a suicide
  • to take sb.
  • to claim
  • a terrorist
  • a wave of
  • a right-wing
  • a car
  • to demand
  • to plant
  • bombings
  • extremist
  • ransom
  • hostage
  • a bomb
  • attempt
  • bomb
  • cell
  • bombing
  • responsibility

6. Insert prepositions where necessary.
  1. Car bombs went outside two hotels packed with European and Egyptian tourists.
  2. The Irish Republican Army declared an end to a 36-year campaign of violence against Britain that was aimed unifying Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic.
  3. Police evacuate Shepherd's Bush tube station after an attempt to set a bomb.
  4. Police said the victim attracted their attention because he left a house that was surveillance.
  5. The son of the company’s General Manager was abducted by unidentified criminals ransom.
  6. Pakistan on Monday denied the alleged involvement of Pakistanis the Egypt bombings.
  7. A gang of racists launched a vicious hammer attack two Asian men while shouting abuse about the London bombings.
  8. On the 61st anniversary of the failed assassination attempt Adolf Hitler's life, the German Government remembered the men and women of the military resistance.
  9. The group issued a statement that it is not involved any destabilization plot the present government.
  10. New details have emerged of the “ball-bearing” bombs designed by the 7 July terrorist cell, which aimed causing mass casualties.

7. Substitute the words in bold with their synonyms from the box.
abducted blast detonate foiled went off major mounted underground zealot
  1. Plainclothes police chased the man onto an underground train fearing he was carrying a bomb and was going to set it off - ... .
  2. There's no end to the flow of fanatic - ... killers in Iraq, and thus no clear victory is likely.
  3. A radical Islamic group linked to the London bombings has launched a clandestine - ... recruitment campaign aimed at Muslim youth in Sydney.
  4. The Turkish police believe that a deadly bomb explosion - ... in a seaside resort at the weekend was the work of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
  5. The top Algerian diplomat in Iraq was kidnapped - ... in Baghdad.
  6. The explosions in Algiers and the thwarted - ... suicide attacks in Morocco raise fears of a surge of violence in North Africa.
  7. Al-Qaida’s first coordinated bomb attacks on London’s public transport which shocked Britain on July 7 were launched - ... at the same time as the G8 summit in Scotland.
  8. Police say a man was carrying an explosive device in a sack when it exploded - ... .
  9. First came Bali, then Riyadh, Casablanca and Istanbul, then Madrid, Taba, London, and now, Sharm al-Sheikh, all sites in the past three years of large-scale - ... terrorist attacks involving big bombs aimed at soft targets.

8. Complete the word forms chart.
Noun AgentNoun Verb Adjective