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Former spy Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital after nerve agent attack

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Former double agent Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury Hospital more than two months after he and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, the hospital has said.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench in the English cathedral city of Salisbury on March 4.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the pair were attacked with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons, developed by the Soviet Union.

Russia has denied Britain's charges of involvement in the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War II.

It has suggested Britain carried out the attack itself to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Salisbury District Hospital said that all three people hospitalised in the attack — Sergei and Yulia Skripal as well as a police officer who came to their assistance — had now been released.

The Skripals have been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

"We have been able to discharge Sergei Skripal," said Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at the hospital.

"This is an important stage in his recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital."

Sergei Skripal is a former Russian intelligence officer who was convicted of spying for Britain before coming to the UK as part of a 2010 prisoner swap.

He had been living quietly in the cathedral city of Salisbury, 145 kilometres south-west of London, when he was struck down.

Yulia Skripal, 33, recovered more quickly than her 66-year-old father and was discharged last month.

The police officer who was also exposed to the poison was discharged from hospital two weeks after the incident.

AP/Reuters

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