The women political martyrs

LONDON: British member of parliament Jo Cox was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week’s referendum on the country’s EU membership.

Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, was attacked while preparing to meet constituents in Birstall near Leeds in northern England.

Anna Lindh: Sweden’s foreign minister was stabbed while shopping in a Stockholm department store in 2003. The mother-of-two had been widely tipped as Sweden’s next prime minister. Her killer, Mijailo Mijailovic, who was born in Sweden to Serbian immigrant parents, was sentenced to life. He told a Swedish newspaper he was motivated by a hatred of politicians.

Benazir Bhutto: Bhutto, who had served twice as Pakistan’s prime minister, died in a suicide gun and bomb attack in 2007 after a campaign rally in the city of Rawalpindi. She was assassinated just weeks after returning to Pakistan from self-imposed exile to prepare for elections in 2008.

Indira Gandhi: India’s third prime minister was assassinated in 1984 at her New Delhi residence by two Sikh bodyguards following the army’s storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar aimed at flushing out Sikh separatists.

Agathe uwilingiyimana: Rwanda’s first female prime minister was assassinated at the start of the 1994 genocide along with 10 Belgian peacekeepers who were guarding her. She was killed a day after the Rwandan president’s plane was shot down on April 6, 1994.

Aquila al-hashimi: The Iraqi politician was the only member of Saddam Hussein’s regime to be invited to join the transitional governing council after the U.S.-led invasion. She was shot after being ambushed by six men thought to be loyal to the former regime near her Baghdad home in 2003.

Hanifa Safi: The Afghan politician was killed in 2012 after a bomb attached to her car exploded as she left her home in eastern Laghman province. She was a leading advocate for women’s rights and regional head of women’s affairs.

Isabel Currasco: The governor of Spain’s northern Leon province, a Popular Party politician, was shot dead in 2014 while walking near her home. A 60-year-old woman and her daughter were convicted of carrying out the murder in revenge for the loss of the daughter’s job at the provincial council.

Saado Ali Warsame: The veteran Somali singer-turned-lawmaker was killed in Mogadishu in 2014 by Islamist gunmen who sprayed her car with bullets. The al Shabaab militant group said afterwards it was targeting lawmakers for supporting the “invasion of enemies” – a reference mainly to African Union forces.

Zara Shahid Hussain: The senior politician from Pakistan’s reformist Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by former cricketer Imran Khan was shot outside her home in Karachi in 2013.

Giesela Mota: The mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco was killed in January 2016 a day after taking office. Mexican media said she was attacked at her home by four gunmen.