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UK Police Race to Find Source of New Nerve Agent Poisoning

Police believe the two new victims were somehow exposed to a contaminated container that may have been used in a March nerve agent attack in a nearby town

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    UK Police Race to Find Source of New Nerve Agent Poisoning
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    An elderly man walks by as British police officers guard metal fencing surrounding tents set up by search teams at the end of Rollestone Street, outside the location of the John Baker House for homeless people in Salisbury, England, Friday, July 6, 2018. 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.

    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.

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