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Novichok Suspects Identified, Say Reports

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Novichok Suspects Identified, Say Reports

Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March, according to reports.

Several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Press Association says.

They are thought to have been identified through CCTV, cross-checked with border entry data, report the BBC and CNN.

Using facial recognition technology, authorities discovered two "fresh identities" – individuals not known to have been spies or used in other attacks – according to CNN, which cites an unnamed source.

A British station in Cyprus intercepted a coded Russian message to Moscow just after the poisoning saying that the pair had left the UK, the source said.

Russia's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko shrugged off the claims at a Russian Foreign Ministry event in Moscow on Thursday. "These are the reports of the media," he told reporters. "Unfortunately, we don't have official statements from the British side. I want to hear from Scotland Yard or the Foreign Office. A lot of versions have been appearing in the newspapers, they are not supported by the statements of the Foreign Office," he said.