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British woman lawmaker shot and injured

5762afc74de0fLONDON: A British lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party has been shot and injured in her constituency in northern England, media reported on Thursday.

Jo Cox, 41, a mother of two, was left bleeding on the pavement after the incident in Birstall in Yorkshire, the Press Association cited an eyewitness as saying.

West Yorkshire police said a 52-year-old man was arrested after the incident. Police said a man in his late 40s to early 50s also suffered slight injuries.

Police labelled the incident as “serious,” but didn’t immediately identify the victim or provide any more details. The PA was quoting eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah as saying Cox got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall, 320 kilometres north of London.

Abdallah said one of the men was fighting with Cox and then a gun went off twice and “she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor”.

After around 15 minutes, the shop owner said emergency services arrived and tended to her with a drip. Cox’s assistant confirmed to the PA she had been attacked.

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted he was “very concerned about reports Jo Cox has been injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jo and her family- DN

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