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UK deploys military experts in former Russian spy poising probe

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The today deployed and decontamination specialists from the military to assist the counter police in its probe into the of a former Russian and his daughter with a deadly

About 180 military personnel from the Royal Marines, the (RAF) and other military establishments were deployed in Salisbury in the south-west England, where the former Russian Sergei Skripal, 66 and his daughter Yulia, 33 were found collapsed after being poisoned on Sunday afternoon.

Skripal and remain in a serious condition along with a who came in contact with the same substance.

The Counter Terrorism Policing Network has requested assistance from the military to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene in Salisbury town centre as they have the necessary capability and expertise. The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same, the said in a statement.

UK said the military had stepped up to "assist with this crucial inquiry" as speculation surrounding Russia's involvement in the attack continued.

We have the right people with the right skills to assist with this crucial inquiry. This is a dreadful incident and my thoughts remain with the victims and their families, he said.

UK described the attack as outrageous, as she made a visit to the city today.

For the (Nick Bailey), it is still serious but we understand he is conversing and engaging, she said.

At the moment our priority is going to be the incident. In terms of further options, that will have to wait until were absolutely clear what the consequences could be and what the actual source of this has been, she added.

According to reports, Bailey was poisoned at the Skripal family home in Salisbury, indicating that the was administered there.

A nerve agent is most toxic if weaponised in an aerosol spray and takes immediate effect.

Yesterday, the investigation had widened as police sealed off the graves of Skripal's wife, Liudmila, and his son, Alexander, and said 21 people had been treated as a result of the incident.

Rudd has refused to speculate on whether the Russian state might have been involved in the attack, saying the police investigation should be based on "facts, not rumour.

Russian has categorically denied any Kremlin involvement, dismissing it as baseless "propaganda".

But the attempted murder of Skripal has drawn comparisons to the 2006 assassination of another Russian Alexander Litvinenko, who ingested the rare and highly radioactive polonium 210 in

Skripal was convicted of treason in 2006 and jailed for 13 years for selling secrets to MI6, which had recruited him in the 1990s. The with Russian military intelligence GRU, was pardoned in a spy swap in 2010and settled in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:50 IST