Skripal and his daughter possibly poisoned through car ventilation system
Sources in the British special services have revealed the total number of victims. 38 people have been injured in Salisbury from the application of Novichok-type poisonous substance.
It is possible that former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury together with his daughter, was exposed to the neurotoxin through his car ventilation system, ABC News reports referring to sources informed of progress in the investigation.
According to ABC, the investigation now has a clearer idea of how the attempt on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was made. The investigators believe that the dust-like poison was sprayed through the ventilation system of the burgundy BMW 20D with registration number HD09 WAO owned by Skripal.
Sergei Skripal's car
In addition, ABC News sources in special services have specified the total number of victims. 38 people have been injured in Salisbury from the application of Novichok-type nerve agent. It is expected that there will be even more people affected by contact with the poisoned father and his daughter, ABC notes. At the same time, most of the victims showed no symptoms of severe poisoning.
To recall, it was previously announced that British investigators were trying to establish the route of Skripal and his daughter Yulia on the day of poisoning. Law enforcers published a photo of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal’s car asking the residents of Salisbury to say if they saw the car on March 4. In particular, it is not known where the car was from the morning and till 1:30 PM on March 4, that is, before the victims headed for the city center. The following details have been established – the daughter of Skripal arrived in Heathrow from Russia on March 3 at 2:40 PM; the following day, on March 4 at 9:15 AM, the car moves to the center of the city.
The next point was the parking lot, from which Sergei and Yulia headed to the Bishops Mill pub in Salisbury center, after which they went to the pizzeria Zizzi. An hour later they left the place, and 40 minutes later, the emergency services received a message that Sergei and Yulia were lying unconscious on a bench near the pizzeria.
Currently, more than 250 anti-terrorism specialists are involved in the poisoning investigation.
London considers Russia to be involved in the incident, since it is established that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok poison, which was created back in the USSR. Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has refuted Russia's involvement in the development of this substance, stating that Great Britain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Sweden have been researching Novichok-type substances from the late 90s to the present time. Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Sweden said that their countries are not related to the poisonous substance, and Head of the British Foreign Ministry Boris Johnson said that his country has proofs of Russia manufacturing nerve agents from the Novichok series, collected over the past 10 years.