“Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent, UK police have confirmed. The police are investigating their attempted murder.
Assistant police commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley said “hundreds of detectives” are working on the case, after confirming an unnamed nerve agent has been identified in the case. The pair are currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
The pair were found slumped on a bench outside a shopping center in Wiltshire. It is believed they were exposed to a substance, but there are no facts as yet established as to what it was or how the pair came into contact with the substance.
Rowley, who has just weeks left in his role as head of national counter-terrorism policing, said an officer has also been taken seriously ill.
“This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent,” he said.”