Woman DIED After Being Exposed to Novichok in UK as Ex-Spy Skripal and His Daughter – Russia Strikes Again?

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The nerve agent Novichok has poisoned two new victims in England, the same poison used to attack the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, The Verge reports.

UPD July 9 (04:00 EST):

First woman dies after being exposed to Novichok

The Metropolitan police had launched an investigation after the woman, Dawn Sturgess, died, according to The Guardian. She was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, England at the end of June 2018.

Her partner Charlie Rowley, who was also exposed to Novichok, remains in a critical condition in hospital. More than 100 people are currently investigating this case alongside Counter Terrorism Policing Network.

Read below the details about the attack on Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowle.

In a nutshell

A man and a woman, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, 45, passed out at a home in Amesbury. At first, the investigators thought the couple has overdosed on drugs. It was concluded that they were poisoned by the same type of nerve agent as Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia – Novichok nerve agent.

The term Novichok represents the nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union towards the end of the Cold War, which results in drooling, seizures, and paralysis. “After all, nerve agents are indiscriminate weapons and the Novichoks were engineered with persistent contamination of land and equipment in mind,” Dan Kaszeta stated.

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Source: The Guardian

ABC News reports, “there is no evidence that the latest individuals were targeted in any way, noting that there is nothing in their background to suggest that they would be targeted.”

Background

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter – Yulia Skripal, 33, were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by , known as Novichok, Theresa May has told MPs.

Sergei and Yulia were found slumped on a bench near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday 4 March. Police have been treating the case as attempted murder while Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital in critical condition.

Skripal was imprisoned in Moscow for passing intelligence to British spies. He was later released as part of a spy swap deal with the US.

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Source: EPA/ YULIA SKRIPAL/FACEBOOK

Relations between Britain and have been strained since the murder in London of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned and died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. From his deathbed, he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder. Read more about it here.


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Woman DIED After Being Exposed to Novichok in UK as Ex-Spy Skripal and His Daughter - Russia Strikes Again?
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The nerve agent Novichok has poisoned two new victims in England, the same poison used to attack the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, The Verge reports.
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