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Fatal Attack on Lawmaker in Britain Stuns Nation

Newspaper article International New York Times

Fatal Attack on Lawmaker in Britain Stuns Nation

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Jo Cox, a Labour lawmaker representing Batley and Spen in northern England, died after an attack at a library in her district in northern England.

A member of Parliament was killed in an attack at a library in her district in northern England on Thursday, a rare act of political violence that stunned the country.

The lawmaker, Jo Cox, 41, who represented the West Yorkshire district of Batley and Spen and was considered a rising star in the Labour Party, was assaulted at the end of a scheduled meeting with constituents in Birstall, a town about six miles southwest of the city of Leeds.

The police were summoned at 12:53 p.m. and found Ms. Cox with severe injuries. She was taken by an air ambulance to the Leeds General Infirmary. She was pronounced dead at 1:48 p.m., Dee Collins, temporary chief constable of the West Yorkshire Police, said at a news conference.

Although a motive was not immediately been established, the killing occurred one week before a referendum on whether Britain should leave, or remain in, the European Union, and both sides immediately halted campaigning.

"The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy," Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain wrote on Twitter, describing Ms. Cox as "a committed and caring M.P."

Mr. Cameron told the BBC: "We've lost a star," adding, "It's right that we're suspending campaigning activity in this referendum."

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, wrote on Twitter: "The whole of the Labour family, and indeed the whole country, is in shock and grief at the horrific murder of Jo Cox."

Home Secretary Theresa May, who is in charge of domestic security, said the country was "united in deep sadness."

In Birstall, where the last census recorded nearly 17,000 residents, the police cordoned off the area around Market Street, where the attack took place.

A 52-year-old man was arrested in the attack, and Constable Collins said the police were not searching for any other suspects.

She said that several weapons, including a gun, had been recovered from the scene and were being analyzed. Initial reports had described the attack as involving both a stabbing and a shooting, but the police declined to describe the attack. …

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