July 18, 2018 / 3:01 PM / 2 months ago

Chemical weapons agency says has collected samples from Amesbury for identification

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The world’s chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday it has collected samples to identify the substance believed to have caused the July 8 death of a British woman in Amesbury, England, and sickened her partner.

FILE PHOTO: Forensic investigators, wearing protective suits, emerge from the rear of John Baker House, after it was confirmed that two people had been poisoned with the nerve-agent Novichok, in Amesbury, Britain, July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

The British government had asked the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to independently identify a substance that London has found to be Novichok — the same nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

A team from the OPCW will send two separate samples of the substance to laboratories and report the results to London.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Catherine Evans

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