Incident Summary:

06/16/2016: An assailant shot and stabbed Jo Cox in Birstall, England, United Kingdom. Cox, a Labour Party Member of Parliament, was killed and a bystander who intervened was injured in the assault. Tommy Mair, a neo-Nazi supporter, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "put Britain first" as he attacked Cox, who supported Britain remaining in the European Union. Moreover, in court Mair identified himself as "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain."



United Kingdom

Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity British Parliament
Specific Description Member of Parliament: Jo Cox
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jo Cox MP death: Thomas Mair in court on murder charge," BBC, June 18, 2016.
"British lawmaker killed in shock attack before EU vote," Turkish Daily, June 17, 2016.
"Britain mourns murdered lawmaker; EU referendum in limbo," Reuters UK, June 17, 2016.