Home secretary visits scene as police look into whether spy was exposed to nerve agent at home
Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, are still in a very serious condition after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said.
Skripal, a Russian former spy, and his 33-year-old daughter are comatose in hospital after being found on Sunday on a bench in the Maltings shopping centre.
Nerve agents are not hard to make in principle, but in practice it takes specialised facilities and training to mix the substances safely. The raw materials themselves are inexpensive and generally not hard to obtain, but the lethality of the agents means they tend to be manufactured in dedicated labs. The main five nerve agents are tabun, which is the easiest to make, sarin, soman, GF and VX. The latter was used to kill Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur airport last year. VX is particularly stable and can remain on clothing, furniture and the ground for a long time without proper decontamination.
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