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Forensic police officers wearing hazmat suits examine a vehicle believed to belong to Sergei Skripal on March 8, 2018, in Salisbury, England.
The Metropolitan Police within the United Kingdom have launched a murder investigation after a 44 year old woman died after being exposed to a nerve agent Novichok, which was linked to the poisoning of a former Russian operative.
In a statement, the Met Police said of which the victim, Dawn Sturgess, died on Sunday after exposure to the nerve agent. “Her family has been informed as well as is actually receiving support through specially trained family liaison officers,” the statement read. “A post-mortem will be scheduled to take place in due course.”
Amesbury has been shaken by the discovery just over a week ago of Novichok, which left Sturgess as well as a man gravely ill as well as stoked suspicions of Russia’s involvement. The man, an unidentified 45 year old, is actually still hospitalized, authorities say.
Novichok is actually a Soviet-era chemical weapon developed during the Cold War. Some forms of the poison are said to be far more poisonous than VX, another toxic nerve agent.
within the spring, Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, as well as his daughter Yulia were exposed to the nerve agent in Salisbury. The incident prompted the British government to impose a round of sanctions on Moscow.