Spy mystery: Chemical weapons troops join investigation

Spy mystery: Chemical weapons troops join investigation

As the military was mobilised to assist police in the huge investigation taking place in the Wiltshire cathedral city, it emerged that the detective who also fell ill as a result of being exposed to the poison may have come into contact with the substance while in Mr Skripal's home on Sunday evening.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have been poisoned with a nerve agent while inside the former Russian spy's home rather than on the streets of Salisbury where they were found collapsed last Sunday, it was revealed yesterday.

The specific objective of the military's deployment is unknown, but the statement from Metropolitan Police added that the army would "remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene in Salisbury town centre".

"The public should not be alarmed", counterterrorism police, who are leading the investigation, said in a statement.

Investigators are searching Sergei's home on Christie Miller Road, Salisbury.

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Britain on March 9 deployed specialist troops to remove potentially contaminated objects from the site where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious after a suspected nerve agent attack. -Sgt. Nick Bailey, the first police officer on the scene, is still being treated.

Salisbury District Hospital's director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson said Mr Bailey was in a serious but stable condition. The military was asked to help as they have "the necessary capability and expertise". Sgt. Nick Bailey "has actually been to the house, whereas there is a doctor who looked after the patients in the open who hasn't been affected at all".

"There may be some clues floating around in here", Blair said.

Sergei spent four years in jail in Russia after he was found guilty in 2006 of being a double agent and divulging Russian secrets to MI6, U.K.'s foreign intelligence service.

Ms Rudd said: "At the moment our priority is going to be the incident, which is why I'm here in Salisbury today, making sure that everybody's protected around the incident, making sure the emergency services have had the support that they need and will continue to get it".

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The UK is preparing retaliatory measures if it's shown that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack on Skripal who had settled in Salisbury, southern England after a spy swap in 2010.

Scientific tests by government experts have identified the specific substance used, which will help identify the source, but authorities have refused to disclose the details.

"They did a very similar thing with Kim Jong-un brother at Kuala Lumpur airport. In terms of further options, that will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be and what the actual source of this nerve agent has been".

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital since they were found on a bench outside a shopping center in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Speaking to reporters during a visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Friday, Lavrov said Russian officials had not received a single fact or piece of concrete evidence about what had happened to Skripal and his daughter.

"All we see are TV reports.saying that if it is Russian Federation, there will be a response that Russian Federation will remember forever". That is not serious. This is propaganda fair and square and it is trying to raise tensions. "If you really need help from Russian Federation, then we will be ready to consider such a possibility, if we do have relevant data", he said, speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Vladimir Putin, the president, made veiled threats against Russians who spied for foreign powers in 2010 and follows the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, using radioactive material slipped into his tea in 2006.

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