French Alps shooting witness, 7, emerges from coma
ANNECY, France (AFP) - A young British girl seen as the key witness in a quadruple murder in the French Alps has come out of an artificial coma, an official said on Sunday, raising hopes she could give police vital clues.
Detectives are anxious to speak to seven-year-old Zainab al-Hilli whom doctors placed in an artificial coma to assist her recovery from a fractured skull.
"The little girl has come out of the artificial coma but she is under sedation and her speech is not yet audible," said Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud.
Zainab, who is thought to have been pistol whipped during the attack, is seen as the only person who can tell officers what happened. Her British-Iraqi parents Saad and Iqbal al-Hilli along with an elderly relative and a French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, who is believed to have stumbled across the scene, were killed in the attack that has baffled police in France and Britain.