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Murder weapon identified as Alps shooting probe stalls

Published on Sep 11, 2012 6:09 AM
A police officer leaves the home (right) of Saad al-Hilli via a neighbours' gate in Claygate, south of London September 10, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ANNECY, France (AFP) - Detectives probing a massacre in the French Alps identified on Monday the type of weapon used in the horrifying attack but there was no sign of any other breakthrough in the investigation.

A source close to the probe told AFP that only one weapon, a 7.65mm automatic pistol, was used to kill three members of a British-Iraqi family and a passing French cyclist on Sept 5.

Progress on other fronts stalled however with one of the child survivors of the attack still unable to talk to investigators and the suspected discovery of explosives at the family's home near London turning out to be a false alarm.

The revelation about the type of gun used to fire two bullets into the heads of each of the victims followed initial analysis of 25 spent cartridges discovered at the scene of the murder and bullets retrieved from the corpses.

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