British woman dies after exposure to nerve agent
2018-07-09 15:06:00

Emergency workers in protective suits search around John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living after a major incident was declared when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on July 6, 2018 in Salisbury, England./VCG Photo

British detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire, died in hospital on Sunday evening, London police announced.

She has been formally identified as 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, from Durrington. Her family has been informed and is receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers.

A post-mortem will be scheduled to take place in due course. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked" by the death.

The Scotland Yard said a 45-year-old man who was also taken ill following exposure to the nerve agent remains critically ill in hospital.

It said the investigation is led by detectives from the Counter Terrorism Policing Network and around 100 detectives are working round the clock alongside colleagues from Wiltshire police.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK Counter Terrorism policing said: "This is shocking and tragic news. Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time."

"The 45-year-old man who fell ill with Dawn remains critically ill in hospital and our thoughts are with him and his family as well," he said.

Source: Xinhua Editor: Hiram