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Dawn Sturgess fell ill on June 30, after contact with the same nerve agent used against a Russian double agent Dawn Sturgess fell ill on June 30, after contact with the same nerve agent used against a Russian double agent
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<strong>UK police have <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-woman-dies-following-exposure-to-nerve-agent-in-amesbury-313621">opened a murder inquiry</a> after a woman who was exposed to the same nerve agent used against a former Russian double agent, died on Sunday evening.</strong>  <strong>UK police have <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-woman-dies-following-exposure-to-nerve-agent-in-amesbury-313621">opened a murder inquiry</a> after a woman who was exposed to the same nerve agent used against a former Russian double agent died on Sunday evening.</strong>
Mother of three Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on July 8, having fallen ill alongside Charlie Rowley, 45, who remains in a critical condition after coming into contact with a nerve agent on June 30. Chemical weapons experts from a government laboratory identified the substance as novichok, the same nerve agent used against <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia</a> in March,  in an incident that sparked an international diplomatic crisis. (Find <em>WikiTribune</em>'s earlier coverage below). Mother of three Dawn Sturgess, 44, died on July 8, having fallen ill alongside Charlie Rowley, 45, who remains in a critical condition after coming into contact with a nerve agent on June 30. Chemical weapons experts from a government laboratory identified the substance as novichok, the same nerve agent used against <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia</a> in March,  in an incident that sparked an international diplomatic crisis. (Find <em>WikiTribune</em>'s earlier coverage below).
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Police have been<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44719639"> tracing the previous movements</a> of Sturgess and Rowley after both fell ill in the Wiltshire town of Amesbury. They were both taken to nearby in Salisbury, in the same hospital where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were treated for novichok poisoning. Police have been<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44719639"> tracing the previous movements</a> of Sturgess and Rowley after both fell ill in the Wiltshire town of Amesbury. They were both taken to nearby in Salisbury, in the same hospital where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were treated for novichok poisoning.
Local police <a href="https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/article/2915/Major-incident-declared-following-ongoing-incident-in-Amesbury">reported a major incident</a> on Tuesday July 3, before UK counter-terror chief Neil Basu gave a <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/statement-from-acso-neil-basu-re-amesbury-incident-313215">statement</a> on July 4. This said that chemical weapons experts at Porton Down laboratory had confirmed Rowley and Sturgess were exposed to novichok. Local police <a href="https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/article/2915/Major-incident-declared-following-ongoing-incident-in-Amesbury">reported a major incident</a> on Tuesday July 3, before UK counter-terror chief Neil Basu gave a <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/statement-from-acso-neil-basu-re-amesbury-incident-313215">statement</a> on July 4. This said that chemical weapons experts at Porton Down laboratory had confirmed Rowley and Sturgess were exposed to novichok.
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Basu said police are currently "not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to. The possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us." Basu said police are currently "not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to. The possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us."
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"It is important, however, that the investigation is led by the evidence available and the facts alone and we don’t make any assumptions," said Basu. "It is important, however, that the investigation is led by the evidence available and the facts alone and we don’t make any assumptions," said Basu.
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Since March 14, the UK government<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/espionage/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/"> has repeatedly said </a>it blames the Kremlin for the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and expelled 23 Russian diplomats it said were undercover intelligence officers. Since March 14, the UK government<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/espionage/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/"> has repeatedly said </a>it blames the Kremlin for the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and expelled 23 Russian diplomats it said were undercover intelligence officers.
Russia responded by expelling UK diplomats, before the US and other UK allies expelled more than 100 diplomats who they said had been identified as undercover intelligence operatives. Russia responded by expelling UK diplomats, before the US and other UK allies expelled more than 100 diplomats who they said had been identified as undercover intelligence operatives.
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