Military, personnel starting on the decontamination of areas Salisbury, linked to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal aged 66 and his da - stock photo
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Military, personnel starting on the decontamination of areas Salisbury, linked to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal aged 66 and his da

Military, personnel starting on the decontamination of areas Salisbury, linked to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal aged 66 and his daughter Yulia aged 33 with Novichok nerve agent. Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. The British government says a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used in the attack, although Moscow denies any involvement. A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said: "Specialist teams will carry out thorough testing to ensure that any residual nerve agent used in the attack is chemically cleaned, or removed and safely destroyed." The work is being planned and overseen by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs based on expert advice and with government and military support. The first sites being decontaminated are the Maltings area, where the bench was, ambulance stations and specific areas within Bourne Hill. The Mill pub and Zizzi's restaurant where the Skripals had been earlier in the day and where traces of Novichok were also found will follow, with Mr Skripal's house the last place to be decontaminated. The council spokesman said: "The work may take some months to complete. "We will do everything we can to minimise disruption and avoid inconvenience for people living and working in the city. "Outside of the areas that have been cordoned off, Salisbury is safe for residents and visitors." Salisbury, UK 25 Apr 2018

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Date Created: 25 Apr 2018

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