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4-year-old Alps killings survivor to return home

Published on Sep 9, 2012 8:15 PM
A police cordon is placed outside a building listed as an orphanage (L next to tower) in the town of Depok, in the outskirts of Jakarta on Sept 9, 2012, following the explosion of a bomb in the building on Sept 8. Indonesian police said three people were injured after an explosion at a house near Jakarta suspected to be a bomb workshop. -- PHOTO: AFP

CLAYGATE, United Kingdom (AFP) - The four-year-old girl who survived the execution-style killing of her family in the French Alps was due to return to Britain on Sunday as police again quizzed relatives and scoured the family home.

Zeena al-Hilli was set to return accompanied by an aunt and uncle who travelled to France to bring her home, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.

She and her seven-year-old sister Zainab were the only survivors of an attack that saw her father Saad al-Hilli, mother Ikbal and an elderly female relative gunned down in their car on a forested Alpine road. A passing cyclist was also killed.

Her uncle Zaid al-Hilli will face a second day of questioning from investigators, the source added. Zaid presented himself to police in Britain following the murder, denying media reports that the brothers were involved in a financial dispute.

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