Britain says Russian double agent poisoned with nerve agent

Updated: 08:32 GMT, Mar 8, 2018 | Published: 05:30 GMT, Mar 8, 2018 |

Police believe a nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday (March 7), in a case that threatens to further damage London’s ties with Moscow.

“This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent,” London Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters adding that he could not elaborate on the specific nerve agent, nor give specific details about how it was used to poison Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter.

England’s chief medical officer said the incident posed a low risk to the wider public.

Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the southern English city of Salisbury on Sunday (March 4) afternoon.

Both remain critically ill and a police officer who attended the scene is also in a serious condition in hospital.

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