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Nerve agent used in attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter
The British police has said that a nerve agent was used in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the southwestern city of Salisbury.

A nerve agent, mostly found in liquid form, enters the body through the nose or mouth and stops the central nervous system from functioning leading to a shut down of bodily functions. The former spy and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping mall in Salisbury on March 4.

Although it has not been made clear as to which nerve agent was used, but given the fact that preparing a sophisticated nerve agent requires specialist training, raises suspicions of it being a planned high-level murder.

The nerve agent that was used, was so powerful that the police officer who attended the two when they were lying unconscious has also fallen ill and is being treated in an intensive care unit.

The former Russian spy has been identified as Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter as Yulia Skripal, 33. Both the father and the daughter have been admitted to a hospital and are being treated in the intensive care unit where their condition is reported to be critical.

Although Russia has denied any involvement in the attack but there are speculations that Russia is behind the attack especially because of the similarities with the 2006 murder of former Russian security agent Aleksandr Litvinenko in London. The Russian intelligence officer had died of a mysterious illness and was later found to have been given a cup of tea that was laced with radioactive substances.

The police is investigating the case to ascertain facts especially to find out who and how served the nerve agent to the spy and his daughter.

Skripal had been arrested in Moscow in 2004 and convicted by a Moscow military court in 2006 for revealing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working under cover in Europe to MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, in return for $100,000.

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