A British MP has died after being shot and stabbed near the English city of Leeds.
41-year-old Jo Cox was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the attack in the town of Birstall in West Yorkshire.
A 52-year-old man was arrested following the attack. The motive for the killing is still being investigated. Police have confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
“Jo was attacked by a man who inflicted serious and sadly ultimately fatal injuries. Subsequently there was a further attack on a 77-year old man nearby, who has sustained injuries that are not life threatening. Shortly afterwards a man was arrested nearby by local uniformed police officers. Weapons including a fire arm have also been recovered, “ Dee Collins, Temporary Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police.
Here's the full statement from Dee Collins, the acting chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, on Jo Cox's death pic.twitter.com/SGBOpeeHmg— Guardian news (@guardiannews) June 16, 2016
Cox was elected in last year’s general election and was married with two daughters.
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the 41-year-old MP’s death as a tragedy, saying ‘‘we’ve lost a great star.’‘
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.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 16, 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also expressed his deep shock over the nature of the MPs death.
The whole of the Labour family, and indeed the whole country, is in shock and grief at the horrific murder of Jo Cox pic.twitter.com/obic5pOCS3— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) June 16, 2016
Campaigning for Britain’s EU referendum has been temporally suspended following the attack.
On Wednesday, the 41-year-old MP’s husband and daughter took part in a flotilla between ‘In’ and ‘Out’ supporters on London’s river Thames.
All my thougths with the family and friends of #JoCox, with
UKLabour</a> and with all people of UK</p>— Federica Mogherini (FedericaMog) June 16, 2016