UK counter-terrorism police confirm couple poisoned by nerve agent Novichok

British counter-terrorism police have confirmed that the couple who fell critically ill near the English town where a former spy and his daughter were poisoned in March were also exposed to the Russian nerve agent Novichok.Police said there was no evidence they had visited the same sites that were decontaminated after the Skripal case.”I have received test results from Porton Down [military research centre] which show that the two people have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok,” Neil Basu, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters.UK counter-terrorism police are now leading the investigation and said the possibility that the case is linked with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was a line of enquiry.But Mr Basu said there was no intelligence to indicate that the man and woman had been deliberately targeted.

Source: UK counter-terrorism police confirm couple poisoned by nerve agent Novichok – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)