CNN is reporting that British politician Jo Cox was attacked in a village in her constituency today and has now died of her injuries. Police do have a 52-year-old man in custody. Citing witnesses, British media outlets have reported that she was shot and stabbed but police have not confirmed the method of the attack.
A mother of 2 and considered a rising star of her party, Cox was a supporter of Britain remaining in the European Union, a referendum on the issue is set to be held next week. Reports of the attack claim the man shouted “Britain First” which is the name of the fringe nationalist party that is for Britain’s exit from the union. The party released a statement denying connection to the attack and condemned the behavior.
British politicians and officials are in shock at what is considered an extremely rare attack on an elected official.