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British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed, dies

Jo Cox, the British woman MP of opposition Labour Party, who was shot and stabbed in northern England, succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

India TV News Desk Published on: June 16, 2016 22:12 IST
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Jo Cox

London: Jo Cox, the British woman MP of opposition Labour Party, who was shot and stabbed in northern England, succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

The 41-year-old was attacked in her constituency, a week before the crucial referendum on UK's EU membership. The mother of two was left 'bleeding on the pavement' in a shooting near Leeds.

West Yorkshire police said a 52-year-old man was arrested after the incident. Police said a man in his late 40s to early 50s also suffered slight injuries.

Police labelled the incident as "serious," but didn't immediately identify the victim or provide any more details.

“The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy. She was a committed and caring MP. My thoughts are with her husband Brendan and her two young children,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.

An eyewitness said that Cox got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall, 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of London. He said one of the men was fighting with Cox and then a gun went off twice and "she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor."

After around 15 minutes, the shop owner said emergency services arrived and tended to her with a drip.

Cox was elected to the House of Commons only last year and represents a constituency in Yorkshire, northern England, for the main opposition Labour Party.

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