United Kingdom police hunt nerve agent container after woman dies

Sajid Javid

Police said Sturgess was at a home in Amesbury on June 30 when she became sick around 10 a.m. and was hospitalized.

British authorities have confirmed that it is "highly likely" that the nerve agent used to kill a woman in England was from the same batch used in the assassination attempt against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

May also said her "thoughts and condolences" go to Sturgess' family and loved ones.

Both the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are rejecting United Kingdom government officials' claims blaming them for the Sunday death of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on Sunday evening in hospital.

Britain and its allies blamed Moscow for trying to kill the pair, prompting angry denials that led to an worldwide diplomatic crisis. "Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely hard time", Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of UK Counter Terrorism policing, said Sunday. Rowley remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The poisoning of the Skripals was the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon in Europe since World War Two.

The British government blamed Russia for the attack against the Skripals, and senior British officials said such an assault would not have been carried out without Russian President Vladimir Putin's knowledge.

The two Britons were initially thought to have taken an overdose of heroin or crack cocaine.

The three other men have been tested and show no signs of having been exposed to novichok.

APPEAL: Teenager hunted by police over attack in SheffieldTests have revealed that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were exposed to the nerve agent after touching a contaminated item with their hands.

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"It has nothing to do with the summit", Peskov said.

The British government has called a meeting of its COBRA emergencies committee for 1:00pm (1200 GMT).

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were both discharged from hospital in May and have been offered permanent close protection - as well as a possible settlement in the US or Australia.

Yulia Skripal, Sergei's daughter, was in a coma for 20 days after she was attacked and was eventually discharged about five weeks after the poisoning.

"The staff here at Salisbury District Hospital worked tirelessly to save Dawn".

"We don't actually know which one it is and we know very little about them", says Andrea Sella, a synthetic inorganic chemist at University College London.

Over the weekend a police officer took himself to Great Western Hospital in Swindon over concerns of novichok poisoning.

"Police and security officials are working urgently to establish the facts of this incident, which is now being treated as murder", May said.

The Ministry of Defence is working with the police on the investigation and the clear-up effort, with 175 armed forces personnel involved.

One line of inquiry suggests that after the Skripals were attacked by the nerve agent, the assailants disposed of vials, ampules or a mixing kit - or some other contaminated items - and that Rowley and Sturgess found the material and were accidentally exposed.

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