Amesbury poisoning confirmed as Novichok substance

The independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has reported that the substance that killed a woman in Amesbury was the same Novichok nerve agent that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

44-year-old Dawn Sturgess died on 8 July after handling a contaminated container in Amesbury, which is approximately eight miles from Salisbury, months after the Skripals were poisoned.

Having collected samples from the UK, the international chemical weapons experts state that it is not possible to conclude whether the nerve agent used in the two incidents was from the same batch

While Russia has denied any involvement in the poisonings, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt labelled Russia’s recklessness as ‘appalling’.

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