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British Labour MP Jo Cox stabbed, shot death

The attack took place near a public library in Birstall in West Yorkshire
British Labour MP, Joe Cox

British Labour MP Jo Cox died after she was shot and stabbed in an attack in her constituency on Thursday, reported the BBC.

The attack took place near a public library in Birstall in West Yorkshire, said police.

Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground by her attacker.

A 52-year-old man was arrested nearby.

According to eyewitness quoted by the BBC, Cox was shot twice and as she fell, shot yet again in the face area by the attacker. As a passer-by grappled with him, the assailant also stabbed Cox repeatedly.

She was taken to hospital but succumbed.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn were among the politicians paying tribute, while Vote Leave and Remain have both suspended campaigning in the EU referendum in light of the attack.

According to media reports, at least two witnesses, Clarke Rothwell, and Terry Flynn-Edwards, said the man, named locally as Thomas Mair, which some other media reports named Tommy Mair , appeared to deliberately target the MP.

“There was a man stood there, in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and grey jacket with a gun, an old-fashioned looking gun in his hands. He shot this lady and then shot her again,” said Rothwell, as per Reuters report.

“He lent down. Someone was wrestling with him and he was wielding a knife, like a hunting knife … He lunged forward, stabbing her straight in the stomach and that’s when he tried to reload his gun. She was shot, three times she was shot. The initial time when she dropped to the floor and then two more times. He leant over and pointed the gun … he shot her … in the meantime he was just stabbing her with his knife.”

At some point, a 77-year-old man tried to intervene and wrestle the assailant to the ground, but he was also attacked and injured.

“He stabbed her first and this guy tried to stop him, and then he shot her,” said Flynn-Edwards.

Sam Watson said the street descended into complete chaos. People started screaming, while others ran towards where the MP lay. “She was on the floor and people were surrounding her, people were coming out of the shops, from around, from the library.”

(with IANS inputs)

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