France shootings

Police investigating the fatal shootings of a British family on holiday in the French Alps have revealed new information about a vehicle they need to trace.

Fact titleFact data
Crime date
Wednesday 5 September 2012
Nature of crime
Shooting
Where
Chevaline, Eastern France
Contact
Contact
Gendarmerie in France on 0800 002 950 (if calling from France)

What happened?

Police investigating the fatal shootings of a British family on holiday in the French Alps have revealed new information about a vehicle they need to trace.

Last autumn at the Solitaire du Lac Campsite in St Jorioz near Lake Annecy the Al-Hilli family from Claygate in Surrey were enjoying a camping holiday.

But on Wednesday 5 September at around 15.40, having driven to the Martinet Car Park at the end of the winding Combe d'Ire Road in nearby Chevaline the family were brutally attacked.

50-year-old Saad, his wife Ikbal, his mother-in-law Suhaila and a French cyclist Sylvan Moulier, were all shot and fatally wounded.

Seven-year-old Zainab, the eldest daughter, survived the ordeal despite being shot in the shoulder. The younger child, 4 year old Zeena was found by police eight hours after the shooting, hiding under her mother's skirt in the back of the vehicle.

The French authorities, working with officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, can reveal that they are now looking for a 4x4 vehicle, possibly a grey, black or dark coloured BMW X5. Police cannot be specific about colour at this stage.

The vehicle was seen some 20 minutes before the shootings on the Combre d'Ire Road around 2 kilometres from the car park.

It is vital that the detectives investigating these vicious killings identify the driver of this vehicle so that they can be eliminated from their enquiry.

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