In an barbaric act a member of Britain’s Parliament was shot and stabbed to death Thursday shocked the world and immediately halted the country’s European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote in UK.
Though the Police did not clearly explained the motive for the killing. But some British media organizations including the Guardian and Sky News referred to the witnesses that the Killer shouted “Britain First!” during and after the assault – a slogan directly linked back to anti-immigrant groups.
West Yorkshire Police said Jo Cox, a 41-year-old member of the center-left Labour Party who has been continuously raising voice for civilian victims in Syria she was assaulted outside a library near the city of Leeds.
It is believed that a 52-year-old man has been taken to custody for this crime.
Witnesses told British media that the assailant appeared to have been waiting for Cox outside a library in the town of Birstall where she had been meeting constituents. He targeted her with a gun that was either homemade or antique, as well as with a knife. He continued to stab and kick her even after she had fallen to the ground, bleeding.
City of Bristal is famous for great Indian visionary and women rights activist Raja Ram Mohan Roy who breadth last here while advocating for end of custom for burning live widows with there husband in British India. Such a place of history for women rights is marked with blood shades of a lady MP who also was out spoken for human rights.
She was transferred immediately by helicopter to a hospital in Leeds. Before her death was announced, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted that staff members at Leeds General Infirmary were “doing everything possible.”
The killing shook Britain to the core, and prompted an outpouring of grief from across the political spectrum.
Unlike USA Gun attacks in Britain are rare, and members of Parliament do not customarily have security protection. British gun control law and restrictions are extremely tough to get a firearms without verification.
The BBC broadcast a picture that it said showed the moment the suspected assailant was arrested. He appears to be a white male dressed in a gray T-shirt and black pants.
The attack came as the country heads into the homestretch of a campaign to determine whether to stay in the European Union, with a vote scheduled next Thursday.
Both the pro- and anti-EU camps announced that they were suspending their campaigns for the day following the attack. Cox was a supporter of keeping Britain in the 28-nation bloc.
US Presidential Candidate and former First Lady of USA expressed her condolence for untimely death of a lady and lawmaker.
"It is cruel and terrible that her life was cut short by a violent act of political intolerance" —Hillary on Jo Cox: https://t.co/FUShBg11it
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 16, 2016
MP Jo Cox has been shot in Birstall near Leeds, reports say, near a library where she was holding a weekly surgery https://t.co/Q1np9AcDca
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 16, 2016
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 16, 2016
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) June 16, 2016
Politicians express shock over killing of MP Jo Cox https://t.co/jmg2o0IrAT
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 16, 2016
Picture Credit : www.itv.com