- UK police believe multiple Russians were involved in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March.
- Investigators say they identified multiple suspects through CCTV and cross-checked it with who entered the country around that time.
- It was previously reported that British investigators believed the father and daughter were likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia’s military intelligence service.
UK police believe that they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok poisoning attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.
Russian double agent Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by the nerve agent in Salisbury, England, in March.
Police officers believe multiple Russians were involved in the attempted murder and are looking for more than one suspect, according to the Press Association.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told PA: “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time. They (the investigators) are sure they (the suspects) are Russian.”
The New York Times previously reported that British investigators believed the father and daughter were likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia’s military intelligence service, known as the GRU.
Skripal spent 15 years in the GRU and became a senior officer in the service.
He was jailed in 2006 for spying for the British. When he was freed in 2010 in a spy swap, he settled in the UK.
Britain has already accused Russia of poisoning Skripal with the nerve agent, but Russia has denied any involvement and suggested Britain carried out the poisoning to fuel anti-Russian hysteria.
Russia has said it does not possess Novichok, and President Vladimir Putin dismissed the notion that his government would be involved.
In recent weeks British police have also been investigating a second Novichok attack, in which a woman died on July 8.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, was killed after she was exposed to Novichok when she sprayed perfume laced with the nerve agent on to her own wrists, the brother of the woman’s partner said in an interview with MailOnline.
Sturgess’s partner, Charlie Rowley, also fell seriously ill and was hospitalized after being exposed to the poison.
The couple were found collapsed in Rowley’s home on June 30 and were taken to the nearby Salisbury District Hospital.
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