July 5, 2018 / 11:02 AM / in 4 months

UK poisoning looks like an unfortunate after-effect of Skripal incident - minister

LONDON (Reuters) - The poisoning of two Britons with the Novichok nerve agent looks like an unfortunate after effect of the attempted murder in March of a former Russian agent and his daughter, Britain’s health minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing Street in London, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“This is what looks like a very unfortunate and, hopefully, not tragic after-effect of that earlier incident. At the moment we are not speculating this was a deliberate murder attempt, but we have to be open minded on the basis of what the police say,” Hunt told Sky News.

Reporting by William James. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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