France victims shot twice in head

Herald Series: Forensic officers outside the home of the French shooting victim in Claygate, Surrey Forensic officers outside the home of the French shooting victim in Claygate, Surrey

Four people gunned down in the French Alps had each been shot twice in the head, prosecutors have revealed.

Saad al-Hilli, 50, was killed in his car alongside his dentist wife, named by neighbours as Iqbal, on Wednesday.

An older Swedish woman travelling in the car also died in the shooting, along with Sylvain Mollier, 45, a French cyclist who apparently stumbled across the attack in Chevaline.

The couple's four-year-old daughter Zeena lay undiscovered under her mother's corpse for eight hours after the murders, while her seven-year-old sister Zainab remains in a medically induced coma after being shot and beaten.

Post-mortem examinations revealed each of the victims killed in the attack had been shot a number of times, including two hits to the head, said public prosecutor Eric Maillaud.

Police are searching the al-Hillis' family home in Claygate, in Surrey, after a team of four French officers arrived in the UK. The caravan which the family had been staying in at the Le Solitaire du Lac campsite in Saint-Jorioz was also removed by police. French authorities have now asked their Italian and Swiss counterparts to join their investigation.

Surrey Police erected a tent at the front of the al-Hillis' home today as they prepared to conduct a search of the property with the French police team, led by officer Marc de Tarle. Two French detectives entered the house earlier with British officers, while scenes of crimes officers in full protective suits are continuing the search this afternoon.

Families have been visiting the home throughout the day to leave floral tributes outside the front of the house. Along with bouquets of flowers, teddy bears had been left and a Mr Men 'Little Miss Trouble' book.

Two relatives of the al-Hilli family have travelled to France, alongside a British social worker, and will visit the girls who are under police supervision. However it was unclear when they would be able to see the elder girl, Zainab, as she continues to be treated in hospital.

Police plan to look at aspects of Mr al-Hilli's life to try to find a motive for the murders and also speak with his brother, named in reports as Zaid Hilli. Investigators have disclosed that Mr al-Hilli's brother approached UK police to deny any feud with his sibling over money. Mr Mauillard said the brother would be interviewed along with the rest of the al-Hilli family.

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