Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Britain has identified Russians suspected of Skripal nerve attack: PA

Britain has identified Russians suspected of Skripal nerve attack: PA

British investigators say they believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok attack on the Skripals in Salisbury, the Press Association reports.

Officers believe a number of perpetrators are behind the attempted murder of the past double agent and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Several Russians were involved in the attempted murders, a source with knowledge of the investigation told PA, adding that their identities were confirmed by cross-checking security footage with records of people entering the country around that time.

They said investigators were "sure" the suspects were Russian. British authorities blamed Russian Federation for the attempted murder, an accusation that Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Subsequent investigation indicated they were poisoned by a nerve agent of the type Novichok, a group of deadly chemicals developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s.

The motive for attacking Skripal, an aged Russian traitor who was exchanged in a Kremlin-approved spy swap in 2010, is still unclear, as is the motive for using of an exotic nerve agent which has such overt links to Russia's Soviet past.

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Charlie Rowley, 45, and his 44-year-old partner Dawn Sturgess, collapsed at his house in Amesbury, a town close to Salisbury, within hours of each other on June 30.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisonings and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

She died on 8 July after spending nine days in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital.

"Investigators are working on the theory that the substance was in a discarded perfume bottle found by the couple in a park or elsewhere in Salisbury city centre and Sturgess sprayed novichok straight on to her skin, the [PA] source said".

Last week counter-terrorism detectives revealed they had found a small bottle containing Novichok at Mr Rowley's home in Muggleton Road, Amesbury.

They have finished collecting samples which will be analysed at two labs before reports released in the UK.

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