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A string of poisonings in the UK raises international inquiries.
On July 8, Dawn Sturgess was pronounced dead at Salisbury Hospital, cause of death a nerve agent. Charlie Rowley, her partner, remains in critical condition. Following Sturgess’ death, a large-scale investigation has begun, investigating potential foul play.
Although few details have been made public yet, there are a few details that raise some serious questions about the incident.
For example, the chemical this couple was exposed to, Novichok, was developed as a nerve agent weapon by the Soviet Union several decades ago. Today, Novichok has a reputation in this area as a contaminant in batches of heroin and crack cocaine.
Furthermore, two other individuals in the region were taken to UK hospitals nearby weeks prior. Sergei Skirpal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter, Yulia, have also been poisoned by the compound. They, like Mr. Rowley, remain in critical condition.
Sturgess and Rowley supposedly do not have any connections to Russia or security agencies, and Russian authorities have denied any involvement in the poisonings.
U.K. police have sectioned off areas suspected to contain traces of the nerve agent and have taken public health precautions to prevent further cases of poisoning.
Although the results of the investigation are yet to be seen, it is interesting to speculate the nature of these poisonings. Either authorities are lying, and there is a clandestine nature to the incidents, or this average-looking couple got mixed up with some rather nasty drugs. Whatever comes next, it will ideally lead to justice for these poisoned individuals and prevention of further cases like theirs.
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