The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

Police search home of Alps murder victims shot in the head


CLAYGATE, United Kingdom (AFP) - French and British police on Saturday searched the home of a British family murdered in the French Alps, as autopsies revealed each of the four victims was shot twice in the head.

Saad al-Hilli, 50, a naturalised Briton of Iraqi origin, his wife Ikbal and his 74-year-old mother-in-law were shot dead as they sat in their car outside the village of Chevaline in eastern France. A passing French cyclist, 45-year-old Sylvain Mollier, was also killed while elder daughter Zainab, 7, was seriously wounded and Zeena, 4, escaped by hiding under her dead mother's skirts.

Forensics officers in protective overalls entered the family's house in a quiet commuter village outside London to look for clues to the killing.

A party including at least two French police officers in civilian clothes was escorted into the large mock-Tudor fronted house in Claygate, some 25km south-west of the British capital.