British couple poisoned by nerve agent used against former Russian spy

Images of Charles Rowley and Dawn Sturgess from their Facebook accounts.

British authorities confirmed Wednesday that a 44-year-old woman and 45-year-old man hospitalized in southern England after being found sick on Saturday had been exposed to the same Soviet-era nerve agent that sickened former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

The Skripals were found in Salisbury, just a few miles from Amesbury, where the latest victims were exposed.

The couple, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, had made a round-trip from Amesbury to Salisbury on Friday, although they didn’t visit any sites connected to the Skripal case. “I don’t have any intelligence or evidence that they were targeted in any way,” said Neil Basu, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer. “There is nothing in their background to suggest that at all.”

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