British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies

British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies

The woman, identified by police as Dawn Sturgess, 44, was exposed to Novichok last week after handling a contaminated item. "Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely hard time", Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of the United Kingdom counter terrorism policing, said in the statement.

Russian Federation has committed an attack that resulted in the death of a Briton, defense minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday, linking Russian Federation to the incident after a 44 year-old woman who was poisoned by nerve agent Novichok died.

Ms Sturgess and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley (45), were admitted to hospital in south-west England.

A woman exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in southwest England, near where a Russian spy was targeted by the same type of chemical in March, has died, police said on Sunday.

Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning - a charge strongly denied by Moscow which has challenged British authorities to show the evidence.

A Kremlin spokesman said linking Russian Federation to the poisonings would be "absurd". Dawn Sturgess is understood to have links to John Baker House, which CNN saw residents leaving under instruction from police. Sturgess was taken to hospital around 10.15am and Rowley several hours later, around 3.30pm.

The three other men have been tested and show no signs of having been exposed to novichok.

Yulia Skripal, Sergei's daughter, was in a coma for 20 days after she was attacked and was eventually discharged about five weeks after the poisoning.

Police are working on the theory that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley came across an item used to dispense the Novichok and discarded by the would-be assassin or assassins of the Skripals.

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Salisbury is in the county of Wiltshire, where Rowley and Sturgess both also lived.

Basu called the death of Sturgess "shocking and tragic news". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Police in HAZMAT suits as they investigate the poisoning of two people in Salisbury.

Professor Paul Cosford of Public Health England has said, however, that "As a precaution we still advise the public not to pick up any odd items such as needles, syringes or unusual containers".

The hospital's medical director, Dr. Christine Blanshard, said the staff "worked tirelessly to save Dawn".

Six locations visited by the couple in Salisbury and Amesbury before they fell ill have been cordoned off, including Mr Rowley's home on Muggleton Road in Amesbury, a Boots shop and a Baptist church.

Police say the nerve agent that sickened Rowley and Sturgess was the same type that nearly killed the Skripals, but scientists haven't been able to tell whether it was from the same batch.

Novichok, which works by causing a slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways, is one of the world's rarest nerve agents.

'But we must not lose sight of the fact that responsibility for the fact that a military-grade nerve agent was used in Salisbury and South Wiltshire, rests with Vladimir Putin's Kremlin alone'.

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