July 4, 2018 / 9:11 PM / 5 months ago

UK police chief says no intelligence Wiltshire pair were 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

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.

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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