Novichok kills British woman

British police rushed to solve a murder mystery on Monday after a woman died following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok, four months after the same toxin nearly killed a former Russian spy in an attack that Britain blamed on Moscow.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “appalled and shocked” by the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who had been living in a homeless hostel in Salisbury in southwest England.

Ms. Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last weekend in the town of Amesbury, near Salisbury, the city where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with Novichok in March.

The Kremlin said it would be “absurd” to suggest Russia was involved in the death of Ms. Sturgess.

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