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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

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.

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The two new victims — Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45 — are in critical condition.

British officials blamed the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on Russia. The Kremlin denies any involvement.

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