Czech Embassy targeted with poison in envelope

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.



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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Police say an envelope mailed to the Czech Republic's Embassy in the Slovakia's capital contained the highly toxic substance sodium azide.

Police spokeswoman Denisa Baloghova says the envelope was delivered in Bratislava on Thursday, and that police from both countries are working on the case. She provided no other details.

In November, Czech authorities intercepted an envelope containing a deadly cyanide-like poison that was mailed to Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec and an envelope containing an unidentified "dangerous poison" that was sent to Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis. It is not immediately clear why the two officials were targeted in Prague.

Chovanec suggested it could be related to his government's crackdown on illegal drugs or its assistance to the Kurdish military in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

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