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British lawmaker shot dead

17 June, 2016

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LONDON: A British lawmaker died on Thursday after a shock daylight street attack, throwing campaigning for the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union into disarray just a week before the crucial vote.

Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two from the opposition Labour Party, was left bleeding on the pavement after reportedly being shot and stabbed in the village of Birstall in northern England, according to witnesses quoted by local media. Police later announced the death of Cox - a leading campaigner for Britain to remain in the 28-member bloc - and said a 52-year-old man had been arrested. “We are not in a position to discuss any motive at this time,” West Yorkshire Police chief Dee Collins told reporters. But she added, “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.” One witness, local cafe owner Clarke Rothwell, said that Cox had been shot three times. “He shot this lady once and then he shot her again, he fell to the floor, leant over shot her once more in the face area,” he told the BBC. Sky News television quoted unconfirmed reports that the shooter shouted ‘Britain first’ - possibly a reference to a far-right group of the same name. The attack halted a frantic day of campaigning, as two new opinion polls indicated that more Britons now want to leave the EU than want to stay.

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