Novichok nerve agent poisoning connection unclear

Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner has said that police are unable to say if the recent Novichok poisoning in Amesbury is the same that struck down a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

A British couple were left critically ill by the nerve agent novichok on 30 June, immediately linked to the poison that nearly killed a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia four months ago.

Basu had previously confirmed that the Counter Terrorism Policing Network was leading the investigation into the incident and that the man and woman, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, had been exposed to the nerve agent novichok. Sturgess died on 8 July from the poisoning. Her partner Rowley remains critically ill in hospital.

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