A 41-year-old British woman MP from the opposition Labour Party was today shot and stabbed in her constituency in northern England and was said to be in a critical condition.
Jo Cox, a mother of two, was left bleeding on the pavement after the incident in Birstall in West Yorkshire, media reports said.
Cox reportedly got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall. An eyewitness said one of the men was fighting with Cox and then a gun went off twice.
West Yorkshire Police said in a statement, “At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.”
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“A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries. Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area,” the statement said.
“Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community,” it said.