British Soldiers Aid Police in Poisoning Probe

  • British Soldiers Aid Police in Poisoning Probe

British Soldiers Aid Police in Poisoning Probe

In Salisbury, police widened their searches to places frequented by Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter.

Police also extended the cordon around the modest suburban home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, as Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited the city, calling the attack "outrageous".

"Someone has come onto our soil... has recklessly, brazenly, committed what looks like a very nasty crime, with a nerve agent prohibited, by most global laws... and has potentially put lots of people at risk", he said.

Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was convicted in 2006 of spying for Britain and was released by Moscow in 2010 as part of a spy swap.

Following the incident, several media reports indicated that the United Kingdom police was carrying out the exhumation of bodies as part of a probe into the poisoning of Skripal.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Our armed forces have stepped up to support the police in their investigation in Salisbury, building on the vital expertise and information already provided by our world-renowned scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down".

A police auto is transported in a convoy of police and military vehicles leaving Salisbury District Hospital over contamination fears.

Authorities say there is no risk to the general public from the attack.

On Saturday screens and tents were erected across the area as troops removed vehicles linked to the poisoning to test for deadly nerve agents.

On Thursday, officers sealed off the gravestone of Mr Skripal's wife Liudmila, who was buried in 2012, and the memorial stone of his son Alexander, who was cremated a year ago, as the trail of evidence grew.

Skripal's wife, Lyudmila, 59, died in 2012 of uterine cancer, according to records from the National Health Service.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was one of the first to come into contact with the contaminated pair, is also fighting for his life.

Blair's remarks on BBC Radio suggested Det.

"There may be some clues floating around in here", he said of Skripal's house.

The attack on Skripal and his daughter is reminiscent of the case of another Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned to death in London by Kremlin-linked agents in 2006.

"A well-equipped lab and a very experienced analytical chemist can do it, but it's not the sort of thing a chancer doing kitchen-sink chemistry can get away with", chemical weapons expert Richard Guthrie said.

Earlier on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia was ready to assist in investigating any case, including the Salisbury incident if professional channels were used for request.

"Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation", a police spokesman said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday the government will retaliate with "appropriate" measures if Russian Federation is proved to be behind the attack.

The U.K. has vowed to take strong action against whoever was responsible for the "brazen and reckless" attack.