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Britain Sends Specialist Troops To City Where Russian Double Agent Poisoned

Britain Sends Specialist Troops To City Where Russian Double Agent Poisoned

It explained that the counterterrorism division had requested assistance from the military to "remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene".

Police extended the cordon around the modest suburban home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, the quiet city in southwestern England where he and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench on Sunday.

Pritchard said he had spoken to Bailey and his wife in hospital, adding that "he's well, he's sat up" but was "very anxious".

National counter-terrorism police have taken over the case, confirming that a nerve agent was used and saying they were treating the attack as attempted murder.

They remained in critical condition in a hospital Friday, poisoned with what authorities say is a nerve agent.

Military chemical warfare personnel are among the almost 200 troops sent to Salisbury to help with the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

In Salisbury, police widened their searches to places frequented by Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter.

He is conscious, talking and engaging, and remains in a serious but stable condition.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was "seriously ill" but was able to speak. He said Russian Federation was ready to assist "any investigation" but that it was "not necessary to hurl unfounded accusations on TV".

Sergei Lavrov seemed to resent suggestions that Moscow was behind the nerve agent attack on the Skripals, calling such claims "propaganda".

It is now not known why the tents have been set up, but a spokesperson for the Met Police told Metro.co.uk that there is no exhumation taking place.

"Someone has come onto our soil. has recklessly, brazenly, committed what looks like a very nasty crime, with a nerve agent prohibited, by most global laws. and has potentially put lots of people at risk", he said.

Police have not revealed which nerve agent was involved.

Skripal is considered a traitor in his native Russian Federation after a 2006 conviction for spying for the United Kingdom, for which he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

A spokesman described comments by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who vowed a "robust response" in the event that state involvement was proved, as "strongly anti-Russian".

With police also hurt in the attack, pressure is intensifying on Prime Minister Theresa May to find and punish the culprits.

A British public inquiry found the killing of Litvinenko had probably been approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and carried out by two Russians, Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy.

The circumstances of the attack, and its echoes of the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, have prompted questions over the Government's response if the evidence points to a state-sponsored assassination plot.

Local convenience store manager Ebru Ozturk, who saw Skripal at his shop just days before the incident, told CNN that he was a "kind customer" who would usually come in once a week and buy Polish-smoked bacon and scratch-and-win lottery cards. "Once these are established, then and only then, will an appropriate and proportionate course of action be taken", the lawmaker said.


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