U.K. Opens Murder Probe After Woman Exposed to Nerve Agent Dies

U.K. Opens Murder Probe After Woman Exposed to Nerve Agent Dies

U.K. Opens Murder Probe After Woman Exposed to Nerve Agent Dies

According to Scotland Yard, after the study of the samples, it was found out that both victims were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that was used in March at the attack on GRU ex-Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

One line of inquiry suggests that after the Skripals were attacked by the nerve agent, the assailants disposed of vials, ampules or a mixing kit - or some other contaminated items - and that Rowley and Sturgess found the material and were accidentally exposed.

They had a working hypothesis that the two poisoning incidents were connected, he said, although he added that there were no current plans for further sanctions against Russian Federation. Moscow rejects the claim.

Moscow says London has declined its offers for a joint investigation into the poisonings. It suspends high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow. He also said there were no plans at this stage for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Basu said that detectives would need forensic evidence before definitively concluding that the Novichok used in the first attack had made the British couple ill. While Russia made a point past year of destroying its last remaining stockpiles of publicly declared chemical weapons, Reuters noted that it is "not believed to have ever declared Novichok or its ingredients to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)".

Russian officials dismissed any claims that the Kremlin was responsible for the death of a British woman near Salisbury, in an incident that United Kingdom officials described as another case of the Novichok poisoning.

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Russian Federation retaliated with similar expulsions.

On March 30 it says diplomats from another 23 countries, nearly all European Union members, will have to leave.

The Kremlin demands an apology and on April 4 its foreign intelligence chief says the case is a "grotesque provocation. concocted by the British and American security services".

Two days later, the OPCW confirms Britain's findings on the nerve agent but does not apportion blame.

The nominally retired double agent Sergei Skripal spent several weeks in a coma after being discovered on a bench in Salisbury in March; he eventually recovered enough to be released from the hospital.

On April 17, an operation begins to clean up affected areas of Salisbury. Her father was discharged on May 18.

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Sources said the searches were now focused on the hostel in Salisbury where Ms Sturgess had been living and the housing association home in Amesbury belonging to Mr Rowley, to which the couple had travelled on the evening before they fell ill.

The latest item is a £22 T-shirt made by Moscow company Spare Skin, which promises buyers they can expect "the love of beautiful women", "brutality in the eye" and an "exclusive and cool T-shirt". "However, it is important that the investigation is led by the evidence available and the facts alone", the Met said.

Russian Federation hit back, denouncing Britain for playing "dirty political games".

London's Metropolitan Police said Dawn Sturgess, 44, passed away on Sunday in a hospital in Salisbury.

Her boyfriend Charlie Rowley, 45, was also exposed and became sick a few hours later.

Sturgess died at Salisbury District Hospital, the same facility that nursed the critically ill Skripals.

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