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British Politician Shot During Town Hall Meeting

British Politician Shot During Town Hall Meeting

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A British member of parliament has been shot after a town hall meeting at a library.

Police said in a statement earlier that “a woman in her 40s” had “suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.” The British Press Association reported that the woman was Jo Cox, a Labour Party MP who is known for her work on Syria-related issues.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, tweeted that Cox was the victim in the attack.

Another man, described to be in his late 40s to early 50s, also suffered slight injuries.

A 52-year-old man was arrested near the shooting in Birstall, West Yorkshire, according to police. An eyewitness told Sky News that he saw a man in a baseball cap suddenly pull a gun from his bag.

Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community.

The motives of the attacker are unknown at this stage.

There are unconfirmed reports that the attacker shouted “Britain first” before shooting. Brits will decide on June 23 whether or not to remain in the European Union, a divisive issue in the country.

Campaigning on the referendum has been suspended for the day because of the shooting.

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