Annecy shootings: Arrest in unsolved case of British family and cyclist shot dead in French Alps in 2012 | World News

One person has been arrested in the unsolved case of three British family members and a cyclist shot dead in the French Alps more than nine years ago.

Saad al Hilli, 50, was killed along with his wife Iqbal, 47, and stepmother Suhaila al Allaf, 74, near Lake Annecy on September 5, 2012.

An armed man sprayed his BMW with bullets at close range in a parking lot.

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Saad al Hilli, from Surrey, was killed alongside his wife and stepmother

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died after being shot seven times.

The young girls of al Hillis survived.

Zeena, four, hid for hours under the feet of her deceased mother, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot in the shoulder and beaten to the head.

The family, from Surrey, were on a camping trip to the countryside.

In 2013, Eric Maillaud, then prosecutor in charge of the case, concluded: “We are dealing with a very experienced shooter.”

The Annecy prosecutor has now revealed that an arrest was made at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, while French media reported that searches were underway and alibis verified.

Police were unsure whether al Hillis or Mr. Mollier – who worked in the nuclear industry – was the target.

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The family were gunned down in a parking lot in their BMW

No one has ever been brought to justice for the brutal murders, which prompted a search of the family’s home in Claygate.

Mr al Hilli’s brother was arrested on suspicion of murder in 2013, but was released without charge and said he would not face any further action.

In 2020, the daughters of al Hillis were to be questioned again, and last year, investigators returned to the scene of the murder, near the village of Chevaline.

Police were also investigating a possible link with a gang of hired killers living in Paris.

One theory suggested that Mr al Hilli had been attacked for his work as an engineer, while another focused on an argument over a family will, but no specific motive was established.

A local dispute was considered the most likely, and the family was simply and innocently trapped.

Other possible reasons investigated by the authorities range from the family’s stay in their native Iraq and alleged ties to Saddam Hussein, to a “lone wolf” murder.

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