Jo Cox of the Labour Party murdered

LONDON — A member of Britain’s Parliament was shot and stabbed to death Thursday in an attack that stunned the nation and brought to an immediate halt the country's European Union referendum campaign just a week before the vote.

Police did not provide a motive for the killing. But British media organizations including the Guardian and Sky News quoted witnesses as saying that the assailant shouted "Britain First!" during and after the attack — a slogan linked to anti-immigrant groups.

Police officials in the northern English region of West Yorkshire said Jo Cox, a 41-year-old member of the center-left Labour Party who has been outspoken in advocating for civilian victims in Syria, was pronounced an hour after she was assaulted outside a library near the city of Leeds.

Police said they think that a 52-year-old man who was taken into custody was responsible for the attack, and they did not think there were accomplices.

Britain First is the name of a far-right group that https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/02/05. Following Thursday's attack, the organization posted a statement on its website denying involvement, and saying it "would never encourage behavior of this sort."

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Location: London, United Kingdom (UK/GB)