LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British investigation into ex-Russian spy’s poisoning (all times local):
British authorities have deployed members of the military to assist police in their investigation of the ex-Russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent.
London’s Metropolitan Police said in statement that it had requested assistance from the military to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the site of the attack that left former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition. The military was asked to help as they have “the necessary capability and expertise.”
The Ministry of Defense regularly assists the emergency services and local authorities in Britain.
A former head of London’s Metropolitan Police force says there should be further inquiry into the deaths of 14 Russians in the U.K. amid suggestions they were targeted by the Russian state.
Former Commissioner Ian Blair has backed calls from a senior Labour Party lawmaker to re-examine the deaths in light of the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury. The pair are critically ill after being attacked with an undisclosed nerve agent.
Blair, who led London’s police when ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned, has told the BBC it is important to find out “whether there is some pattern here.”
A BuzzFeed News investigation says that U.S. spy agencies had linked 14 deaths to Russia — but U.K. police shut down the