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Ex-Russian spy and daughter poisoned in UK – Moscow assassination attempt suspected

Sergei Skripal was found guilty of state treason; he appeared in a courtroom in Moscow in 2006. (YouTube)
March 07, 2018

U.K. police revealed Wednesday that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent in England this week, which has raised speculation that the Russian government ordered the “targeted” assassination attempt.

“This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent,” said Mark Rowley, Britain’s chief police official for counterterrorism and international security, The New York Times reported.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, “were targeted specifically,” Rowley said. Both fell ill and are thought to be in serious condition.

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Some emergency workers who responded to the scene where the two were found are now sick, and one police officer “is now also in a serious condition in [the] hospital,” Rowley said.

Skripal is a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who was convicted of selling secrets to Great Britain in 2006, and was then sent to Britain in 2010 as part of a prisoner swap.

He took ill on Sunday and his conditions continued to worsen.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the attack, The Times reported.