A police officer guards metal fencing erected as tents are set up behind, on the end of Rollestone Street, the location of the John Baker House for homeless people in Salisbury, England, Thursday, July 5, 2018. For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England's Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning

July 06, 2018 - 4:20 am

LONDON (AP) — British police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

More than 100 officers are looking for clues Friday in a race to understand how two local people in Amesbury were exposed to a nerve agent that was produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Police believe they were somehow exposed to a contaminated container that may have been used in a March nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in nearby Salisbury.

The two new victims — Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45 — are in critical condition.

British officials blamed the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on Russia. The Kremlin denies any involvement.

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