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After being attacked in her constituency in northern England earlier Thursday the British lawmaker was left in a critical condition, with media reports suggesting she had been shot and stabbed.

Media reports said the 41-year-old Jo Cox- who is a lawmaker for the opposition Labor Party- had been attacked as she prepared to hold an advice surgery for constituents in Birstall near Leeds. West Yorkshire Police said a 52-year-old man had been arrested by armed police and that a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries.

“Very concerned about reports Jo Cox has been injured,” Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jo and her family,” PM Cameron added.

A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries, police said.
BBC radio reported that Cox had been taken by air ambulance to a nearby hospital.
One eyewitness told the Press Association that Cox had intervened in a scuffle between two men, one of which had pulled a gun from a bag which had then been fired twice.

There was no immediate comment from West Yorkshire Police. TV footage showed the surrounding area had been sealed off.

Northern-born Cox, was a Cambridge University graduate and aid worker before becoming Labour lawmaker for Batley and Spen in 2015. Known for her work on women’s issues, Cox has worked with several charities. British lawmakers are currently not in parliament ahead of next week’s referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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