June 16, 2016

British MP Jo Cox Fatally Shot

Reports she was both shot and stabbed. One person is in custody.

Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, has been shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.

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Jo Cox on right in red jacket
source Facebook

Armed officers responded to the attack near a library in Birstall, and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area, police confirmed.

They added that the Labour politician had suffered “serious injuries and is in a critical condition”. A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries, police said.

The attack was launched after the MP was embroiled in an altercation involving two men near her weekly advice surgery, a witness told the Press Association.

According to a Labour source, Cox was shot and stabbed after she had concluded the drop-in session for constituents at around 1pm.

...Witness Hithem Ben Abdallah, 56, was in the cafe next door to the library shortly after 1pm when he heard screaming and went outside

He told PA a man in a baseball cap “suddenly pulled a gun from his bag” and after a brief scuffle with another man the MP became involved.

He added: “He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor.”

We pray for her and all in the UK.

Her Facebook page is here.

Update: The man was heard to yell Britain First during the attack the gun is described as home made.

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Unblurred copy of above image here.

Update: The shouts of "Britain First" are being challenged.

Update II: British MP Jo Cox has passed away as a result of her injuries.

Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground by her attacker. A 77-year-old man also suffered slight injuries.

A 52-year-old man was arrested near Market Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire Police said. The MP held a weekly advice surgery nearby.

The MP's death was confirmed at police headquarters in Wakefield.

May she Rest in Peace and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all in the UK.

Let me just say, this is no way to settle political scores of any kind. No matter our differences we must settle our affairs in the proper way, in the proper forum. Otherwise we become that which we fight against.


By Howie at 09:22 AM | Comments |