The Latest: Kerry, Rasmussen express condolences


LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a British lawmaker in a town near the city of Leeds (all times local):

10:40 p.m.

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Vice President John Kerry and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen are expressing their condolences to family and friends of the British Parliament member who was shot and stabbed to death.

Kerry, who was traveling in northern Europe on Thursday, said the attack on Jo Cox was “an assault on everybody who cares about and has faith in democracy.”

Rasmussen called the killing “a true shock.”

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9:00 p.m.

Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, says she and her husband are grieving over the British Parliament member who was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday.

Giffords, who was critically injured by a gunshot wound to her head while meeting with constituents, praised Jo Cox as “courageous, young and a hard-working public servant. She was a rising star, a mother and a wife.”

Cox was killed by a gun- and knife-wielding attacker in her small-town constituency near Leeds, England, amid Britain’s divisive campaign on whether to leave the European Union.

Giffords said in a statement: “I don’t remember the constituent meeting where I was shot in the head and nearly lost my life, but the scores of such events I and so many others have hosted represent the importance of a democracy connected to its citizens.”

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6:35 p.m.

European Union finance ministers have paid silent tribute to a British lawmaker who was shot and killed a week ahead of a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU.

At talks in Luxembourg Thursday, eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said ministers “observed a moment of silence in our meeting, out of respect for her.”

He said “the U.K. is a beacon for peaceful politics and we hope that the British public, the people of the U.K., can make their choices serenely and in a safe way next week.”

Labour legislator Jo Cox was attacked and killed Thursday in northern England. A 52-year-old man has been arrested. Police believe it is a “lone incident” and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

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5:20 p.m.

Police say British lawmaker Jo Cox has died after being shot in the in the town of Birstall, part of the area she represented.

Acting Chief Constable Dee Collins of West Yorkshire Police says authorities can’t discuss any motive for the shooting yet but they have made an arrest and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

They say a man was also injured but is expected to survive.

Groups on both sides of the referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union have suspended campaigning.

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3:45 p.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he has cancelled a planned pro-European Union speech in Gibraltar after a lawmaker was shot in a village near the city Leeds.

Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was shot and seriously wounded earlier Thursday, Britain’s Press Association reported. A 52-year-old man has been arrested.

Groups on both sides of the British EU referendum said they have suspended their campaigns.

Cameron was scheduled to make a two-hour visit to Gibraltar Thursday to seek votes to keep Britain in the EU in the June 23 referendum. But he wrote on Twitter “I won’t go ahead with tonight’s rally in Gibraltar.”

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3:20 p.m.

Groups on both sides of the British EU referendum have suspended their campaigns after the shooting of a British lawmaker.

The “remain” and “leave” campaigns said Thursday that campaign events will be stopped for the rest of the day.

Further details are expected shortly.

There has been feverish campaigning ahead of the June 23 referendum on whether or not Britain should leave the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron had been expected to speak on behalf of the “remain” camp on Gibraltar. His Downing Street office did not have details on his plans.

Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was shot and seriously wounded earlier Thursday, Britain’s Press Association reported. A 52-year-old man has been arrested.

Police have not revealed details about the incident near Leeds.

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2:50 p.m.

Britain’s Press Association reports Labour lawmaker Jo Cox has been injured in a shooting near Leeds.

The PA was quoting eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah as saying Cox got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall on Thursday. 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.

Police say a “serious incident” has taken place, but didn’t immediately identify the victim or provide any more details.

Cox’s assistant confirmed to the PA she had been attacked.