Arrest in unsolved case of three Britons and a cyclist shot dead in the French Alps near Lake Annecy in 2012 | World news

One person has been arrested in the unsolved case of three Britons 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.

Saad al Hilli was shot dead in the French Alps
Saad al Hilli, from Surrey, was killed alongside his wife and stepmother

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died after receiving seven bullets.

The young daughters of Mr. and Mrs. al Hillis survived.

Zeena, four, hid for hours in the floor under her mother’s legs, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot and beaten.

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

The Annecy prosecutor said Wednesday morning that an arrest had been made, and French media report that house searches are underway and that alibis are being checked.

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

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

No one has ever been charged with the murders, prompting a search of the family’s home in Claygate, Surrey.

In 2020, the daughters of al Hillis were to be asked again about the murder of their family.

Investigators then returned to examine the scene of the murders, near the village of Chevaline, in October 2021.

Police were also last year investigating a possible connection to a gang of hitmen living in Paris.

One of the gangs turned out to have pistol cartridges similar to those fired from the gun who killed the victims.

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