A former Russian spy has reportedly fallen critically ill in the UK after exposure to an “unknown substance,” British media say.
Police confirmed Monday that they had found an old man and a young girl unconscious near a shopping mall in Salisbury, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of London on Sunday afternoon.
The pair was then announced by the UK media to be convicted Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The 66-year-old has an address in Salisbury.
“They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care,” Wiltshire Police, which is responsible for the Salisbury area, said in a statement.
Eyewitnesses told BBC that Skripal “was doing some strange hand movements, looking up to the sky” before being taken away by medical teams.
The discovery prompted police and local authorities to stage a dramatic decontamination effort that saw officers…