Salisbury: Couple in southern England poisoned by Nowitschok

In Britain, two people are in danger of life. They were exposed to the same nerve venom as ex-spy Skripal.

Salisbury: Couple in southern England poisoned by Nowitschok

In two new cases of poisoning in UK, according to police, nerve venom Nowitschok has been proven. However, as head of British anti-terrorist authorities indicated, re was no evidence that two victims who were seriously ill were targeted.

The two were poisoned near city of Salisbury, where in March former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter also fared. The people concerned are, according to authorities, a man and a woman, both British citizens. They would be treated in hospital.

After incident, some areas in Salisbury and in Amesbury, where couple lived 13 kilometres furr north, were closed off as a precaution. The health authority did not initially assume a significant health hazard for public. Among or things, couple should have attended an event in a church before it fell ill on Saturday.

Officials initially assumed that two might have taken contaminated heroin or crack cocaine and are refore in critical condition. The symptoms of couple, however, were very similar to those that had occurred at Skripal, British newspaper Sun reported. The couple is now treated in same hospital, where Skripals were also housed.

Nowitschok was developed in 1970s and 1980s in Soviet Union. Britain has blamed Russian government for attack on Skripal, which has rejected it. Western states and Russia have expelled many diplomats from each or because of crisis.

Date Of Update: 05 July 2018, 12:02

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