Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent

Yulia Skripal

It was adjourned until January.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were discovered slumped on a bench in the English town of Salisbury on March 4. Rowley and the Skripals survived.

Police have reportedly identified "several Russians" who allegedly perpetrated a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England.

The attack on the Skripals has plunged relations between Russian Federation and Britain to a new low, and sparked a wider diplomatic crisis that saw Russian Federation and Britain's Western allies expelling hundreds of diplomats.

Police do not believe the couple were targeted directly.

Scotland Yard has refused to discuss the claim but it comes a week after police confirmed that a bottle containing the substance had been recovered from her partner's home in nearby Amesbury.

The PA quoted an unnamed source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that several Russians were involved in the attempted double murder.

"They [the investigators] are sure that they (the suspects) are Russian", the source told PA, adding that the footage has been cross-checked with details of people who had entered the country around the same time.

Ms Sturgess, 44, died on July 8, while Mr Rowley is in stable condition.

More than 400 items have been collected by police in a case labelled by the UK's top counter-terror officer as one of the toughest in history.

The New York Times reported Sunday that British investigators believe the Skripals were targeted by current or former agents of the GRU Russian military intelligence agency.

"We would like to receive official information from the British authorities".

A British intelligence station on Cyprus is said to have intercepted a coded message sent to Moscow from the United Kingdom at the time of the Skripal attack which included the phrase: "The package has been delivered".

Skripals and his daughter fell into a coma following the attack and were rushed to a secret facility where they began the "slow and extremely painful" recovery process according to Yulia Skripal.

"The cause of death will not be given until further tests are completed", coroner David Ridley said. They set out to determine the place, time and type of death, but do not apportion blame.

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