July 4, 2018 / 9:11 PM / 11 days ago

UK police chief says no intelligence Wiltshire pair were deliberately targeted

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s counter-terrorism police chief said on Wednesday that there was no intelligence to indicate that a man and a woman exposed to a nerve agent in southern England had been deliberately targeted.

FILE PHOTO: Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police's Assistant Commissioner for Counter Terrorism, gives a briefing on the poisoning of the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, outside New Scotland Yard in London, Britain, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Neil Basu said there was nothing in the background of the pair, both British and aged in their 40s, to suggest they would be a target. He also told reporters police did not yet know how the Novichok nerve agent was transmitted.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton

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