The British couple, hospitalized with poisoning earlier this week, were affected by the same strand of ‘Novichok’ nerve agent that was used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said.
“This has been identified as the same nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal,” he told parliament on Thursday.
UK law enforcement agencies have no information on the poisoned couple, who were in the same area of Salisbury as the Skripals prior to the incident, the home secretary said. It is likely that the new victims came into contact with the toxin at a different location, he added.
However, he said that it has not yet been possible to determine if the substance, which the UK authorities call ‘Novichok,’ came from the same batch that was used in the March attack on the former Russian-British double agent.
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