British police announced Friday they found a bottle containing Novichok nerve agent in the home of one the victims of a nerve agent poisoning in Wiltshire last month.
“On Wednesday, 11 July, a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley’s house in Amesbury,” police said in a statement.
The statement said scientists from Porton Down defense laboratory confirmed the bottle contained Novichok nerve agent, the same poison used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this year.
“Further scientific tests will be carried out to try and establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March,” the force said, adding that a link to the Skripals remained “a main line of enquiry for police.”
The Foreign Office said on Friday it had invited independent technical experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons early next week “to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent”.
jbh/aw (AP, dpa, Reuters, AFP)