- A woman exposed to the nerve agent Novichok is dead, UK authorities said on Sunday.
- The poison is linked to a high profile case involving a former Russian double agent.
The Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom has launched a murder investigation after a 44 year old woman died after being exposed to a nerve agent Novichok, which was linked to the poisoning of a former Russian operative.
In a statement, the Met Police said that the victim, Dawn Sturgess, died on Sunday after exposure to the nerve agent. "Her family has been informed and is receiving support from specially trained family liaison officers," the statement read. "A post-mortem will be scheduled to take place in due course."
Amesbury has been shaken by the discovery just over a week ago of Novichok, which left Sturgess and a man gravely ill and stoked suspicions of Russia's involvement. The man, an unidentified 45 year old, is still hospitalized, authorities say.
Novichok is a Soviet-era chemical weapon developed during the Cold War. Some forms of the poison are said to be far more poisonous than VX, another toxic nerve agent.
In the spring, Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia were exposed to the nerve agent in Salisbury. The incident prompted the British government to impose a round of sanctions on Moscow.