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Russian spy poisoning: Police seeking nerve agent source

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UK counter-officers on Thursday started investigations to uncover the origin of the used in the poisoning of former Russian and his daughter, Yulia, in

The police said government scientists had identified the used, but would not make that information public at this stage.

A source familiar with the investigation told the that it was likely to be rarer than the Sarin gas thought to have been used in and in an attack on the in 1995.

It was not even VX - the used to kill the half brother of the North Korean leader in last year, the source added.

Skripal, 66, was convicted of passing secrets to the service MI6, but was given refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a "swap".

He and his 33-year-old daughter had visited the and in on Sunday before they were found collapsed on a bench near the Maltings shopping centre.

The police were yet to say if they knew how and where the poison was administered, the reported.

said: "This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder, by administration of a

"Having established that a is the cause of the symptoms... I can also confirm that we believe that the two people who became unwell were targeted specifically."

Hundreds of detectives, forensic officers, analysts and intelligence officers are working on the case, which has drawn comparison with the killing of Russian dissident with radioactive polonium-210 in in 2006.

A public inquiry concluded that his killing was probably carried out with the approval of Russian



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 15:14 IST