Friday 3 July 2015

Man arrested in France in connection with murder of British family in the Alps in 2012

Published 18/02/2014 | 10:16

Police around the BMW at the scene of the shooting in woods near Chevaline in the French Alps
Police around the BMW at the scene of the shooting in woods near Chevaline in the French Alps

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in France in connection with murder of a British family in 2012.

Saad al-Hilli and his wife Ikbal, who were from Claygate in Surrey, and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were all fatally shot on a remote forest road in Chevaline on September 5 2012.

Local cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also murdered.

The horrific scene was discovered by cyclist Brett Martin, who found Iraqi-born Mr Al-Hilli, 50, his 47-year-old dentist wife and her elderly mother blasted to death in their BMW.

The al-Hilli's first-born daughter Zainab was shot in the shoulder and beaten, but survived. Her four-year-old sister Zeena lay hidden under her mother's body and was only discovered eight hours after the murders.

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