Alps massacre victim named as Saad al-Hilli from Surrey

House believed to be Saad al-Hilli's residence.
House believed to be Saad al-Hilli's residence. Photo: London Tonight

A four-year-old British girl was found alive underneath the bodies of her parents around eight hours after a brutal massacre in the Alps, French authorities have said.

And a seven-year-old girl, thought to be her sister, was found violently beaten and is fighting for her life.

The four-year-old lay undiscovered as police waited for forensic experts to arrive at the scene from Paris.

A man and two women - believed to be the girls' mother, father and an older relative - were in the British-registered BMW, which was riddled with bullets.

The man was named by French media as Saad al-Hilli, from Claygate, near Esher in Surrey.

Mr al-Hilli, in his fifties, had been behind the wheel at the time of the attack.

The British registration of the car allowed police to identify a 50-year-old Iraqi-born man, who has been living in the UK for at least 10 years.

His passport matched the identity of the man who booked into a nearby campsite with his family.

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud refuses to confirm the identity of any of the family members, despite the father being named as Saad al-Hilli.

Surrey Police said it was assisting the French authorities and liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The bodies will be removed this evening and taken to hospital. The post mortems will take place on Friday.

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