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Russian spy attack: British troops deployed to assist probe

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Around 180 British troops have been deployed to the English city of to aid in the investigation of a attack on a former Russian and his daughter, the media reported.

Personnel from the Royal Air Force, and were among those sent to on Friday, a told on Friday.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were still hospitalised in "very serious condition" after they were poisoned earlier this week, UK said as she visited on Friday.

The pair -- believed by authorities to have been deliberately targeted -- were found slumped on a bench near a shopping centre on the afternoon of March 4.

Rudd visited several of the sites cordoned off by investigators before heading to

Sgt. Nick Bailey, a who also fell ill, is in serious condition, but is "conversing and engaging" with visitors, Rudd added.

Authorities earlier revealed 21 people had received medical attention in the aftermath of the incident, but only three people were still being treated Friday, reports

Identifying the source of the continues to be central to the probe but so far, Rudd has refused to name any potential culprits.

"We will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be, and what the actual source of this has been," Rudd said.

On Friday, said was ready to assist "any investigation" but that it was "not necessary to hurl unfounded accusations on TV".

Skripal is considered a traitor in his native after a 2006 conviction for spying for the UK, for which he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, reported.

He arrived in the UK in 2010 as part of a swap between the US and Russia, when the two countries exchanged agents on chartered planes on a runway at an airport in Vienna,



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 08:44 IST