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British woman Dawn Sturgess exposed to Novichok nerve agent dies

British woman Dawn Sturgess exposed to Novichok nerve agent dies

This is Neil Basu of the British Metropolitan Police.

Metropolitan police have confirmed that a woman exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom last week has died.

In a statement about the police officer, a spokesman for the hospital said: 'Salisbury District Hospital has seen a number of members of the public who have come to the hospital with health concerns since this incident started and none have required any treatment.

All three people hospitalised earlier this year eventually survived, with Sergei Skripal the last to leave hospital, on May 18.

The victims were identified as Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, both in their mid-40s, according to the report.

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Sam Hobson, a friend of the couple, said he had visited Salisbury with them the day before they fell ill.

Police believe the couple handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent Novichok.

Several sites are being searched by the local and Scotland Yard counter terrorism officers, including Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, a property at John Baker House, Rolleston Street, Salisbury, a property on Muggleton Road, Amesbury, Boots the chemist, Stonehenge Walk, Amesbury, and the Baptist church on Raleigh Crescent, Amesbury. "We urge British law enforcement not to get involved in dirty political games", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters.

"It is the actions of the Russian government that this, that continue to undermine our security and that of the worldwide community", said Javid in remarks to Parliament on Thursday.

The attack on the Skripals took place in March in the city of Salisbury. It is a slow and painstaking process as there is no easy way to use modern technology to pinpoint the location of the rare nerve agent. "We can not attribute this to the same batch at this point".

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Wallace said the Russian government could "put this wrong right" by providing details about the Skripal poisoning.

The latest case occurred just 12km from Salisbury where the Skripals were poisoned.

The British authorities say there was nothing in the background of the latest pair to suggest a link to espionage or to Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, UK police say they are investigating whether there is a link between the two cases.

Police said Friday they are looking for that item. The United States and European allies took the side of Britain and blamed Russian Federation for the incident.

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Peskov noted Britain has rejected Russia's offer for a joint probe, adding that "the British side has not presented any evidence of Russia's involvement in this, besides unfounded accusations". British officials have blamed the Russians for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.