British Soldiers Aid Police in Poisoning Probe

British Soldiers Aid Police in Poisoning Probe

Forensic experts in bright yellow hazardous-materials suits have cordoned off the home of Sergei Skripal, who along with his daughter, Yulia, 33, were found unconscious Sunday on a bench outside a shopping mall.

On Saturday, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd will chair an emergency Cobra meeting, the second since Wednesday, as the investigation into the source of the nerve agent continues, the BBC reports.

Western intelligence services consider Russian Federation as a leading suspect, based on previous attacks that used a similar substance and method, a Western intelligence official told CNN. The official cautioned that the investigation was still in its early stages.

Kier Pritchard, temporary chief constable of Wiltshire police, which covers Salisbury, told Britain's Sky News that a number of people, including "multiple" police officers and members of the public, had been assessed by medics.

Former Army Sergeant and current Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, also said it was "very likely" Moscow is behind the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. They believe the pair were deliberately targeted.

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Rudd said the discovery of a nerve agent from the investigation meant the incident was therefore being treated as attempted murder. "We need to give the police and the investigators the space to get on with that", Ms Rudd said.

Residents called it Smallsbury, because nothing ever happened there.

A military convoy arrived at the small building close to Salisbury District Hospital and police cordoned off a road.

Police sealed off the gravestone of Skripal's wife Liudmila, who was buried in 2012, and the memorial stone of his son, Alexander, who was cremated past year, the UK's Press Association reported.

DS Bailey is among 21 people who received medical treatment following exposure to the nerve agent.

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Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair said the "extraordinary attack in Salisbury" is a good reason to investigate whether there is a pattern of former British intelligence collaborators dying in the UK.

Foreign minister Boris Johnson floated the deepening of sanctions against Russian officials, but Britain would have to convince its worldwide partners.

Nearly 200 specialists from the RAF and Marines began removing contaminated materials to be sent for analysis at the nearby Porton Down defence laboratory, seven days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent. In 2006, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and pardoned in 2010 and gave USA in exchange for there exposed Russian agents. People have been so kind and he has expressed that he will never forget that kindness.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey - who attended the scene on Sunday - is stable and conscious but is "very anxious" about being exposed to a nerve agent.

Irina Petrova, a friend of the former double agent's daughter, said Yulia was a "normal kind of person" who had lived in the United Kingdom for five years after her father's return to Britain in a spy swap.

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Upon investigation, officers concluded the device " had the potential to cause significant injury or death " if it had detonated. We are grateful to the Hale team for their immediate action to ensure the safety of our students.

Mary Dejevsky, a former foreign correspondent, said she was shocked at "how far people have gone in implicating Russian Federation before there is the slightest bit of proof".

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