Suspected Russian Spies Injured in UK

Posted on May 16, 2018 by


On 3 March 2018, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England. Suspecting passersby saw the pair lying on the bench in a daze-like state. They were transported to a hospital after emergency services were called by a member of the public where police arrived at the scene within minutes.

Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK has said the chemical used in the attack was part of a group of nerve agents developed by Russia known as Novichok. The prime minister has said there was “no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable.”  She has expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.

Security correspondent Gordon Corera said the highest concentration of the nerve agent was found on the Skripals’ door handle and could have been administered through a “gloopy substance which could have been smeared on to that door handle.” He added that it would explain why the nerve agent may have been found on the Skripals’ car, which has been taken by police, or the restaurant in which they had eaten before they were found unconscious, which has been closed by detectives.

Police say about 400 witnesses had given statements, 762 possible pieces of evidence had been collected, and about 4,000 hours of CCTV were being examined.

“This is an extremely challenging and complex investigation and we currently have around 250 exceptionally experienced and dedicated specialist officers from the counter-terrorism network working around the clock on this case,” he said. “They are making good progress in what is a painstaking investigation that is likely to be ongoing for weeks, if not months.”

In addition, at least 26 countries, including the US and European allies, are expelling more than 130 diplomats.

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