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Jo Cox: MP 'was preparing report on far-right nationalists' before she was killed

Police are investigating possible links to right-wing extremism in their investigation into the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Here is what we know so far:

  • Police described the killing as a "targeted attack"
  • It was revealed police investigated two previous unrelated incidents in which Jo Cox received "a malicious communication of a sexual nature" at her Westminster office
  • The Times reports she was preparing a report on the dangers of far-right nationalists when she was murdered which she planned to publish on June 29
  • Tommy Mair has been charged with Mrs Cox's murder
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Eyewitness tells of moment MP was shot in street

An eyewitness has told how he heard screaming in the street before MP Jo Cox was shot.

The attack happened outside the library Credit: ITV News

Shop owner Hichem Ben Abdallah, aged 56, said he was in the café next door to the library, where Ms Cox was reportedly preparing to hold an advice surgery, shortly after 1pm when he heard screaming.

He went outside, he told the Press Association, and saw two men scuffling.

"There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control, and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag," he said.

Armed police are on the scene Credit: ITV News

After a brief tussle, the man stepped back and Ms Cox became involved, he said.

"He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor," he added.

"He was kicking her and he was pulling her by her hair. A very courageous man from the dry cleaners tried to restrain him and he couldn't stop him because all of a sudden he pulled a gun.

"She was a standing still target for him when he shot her."

He said emergency services took around 15 minutes to arrive on the scene.

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