Shooting survivor returns to UK

Surrey Police has told ITV News that Zainab al-Hilli, the seven-year-old British girl who was wounded in the Alps shootings in which her parents were killed "is returning to the UK" today. She has been in hospital being treated for a fractured skull.

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Alps family friend: 'Family may not have been target'

by Richard Gaisford: Daybreak Chief Correspondent
French prosecutor due to arrive today in the UK. Credit: Richard Gaisford / ITV News

A French prosecutor arrives today, looking for clues to try and establish motive. A close family friend tells me his friends may not have been target.

Zaid Alabdi believes French cyclist could have been the focus of the attack.

Mr Alabdi says his friends were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Families hope for swift justice after Alps shooting

Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law were brutally murdered in a remote spot close to Lake Annecy a week ago, along with a passing cyclist.

Ahmed al-Saffar, the brother of Mrs al-Hilli's dead mother, spoke on behalf of the al-Hilli and al-Saffar families in reference to his 74-year-old sister.

The victim's family and I are heartbroken by this shocking crime and we have been touched by the expressions of sympathy from people all over the world.

The victim's family are of Iraqi-Arabic origin. We are very grateful for the support provided by the British, French and Iraqi authorities during this difficult time. We hope that those responsible for the deaths of our loved ones are brought swiftly to justice.

Families left 'heartbroken' after Alps shooting

The families of the victims of last week's shootings in the French Alps have said they have been left "heartbroken by this shocking crime."

The statement released on behalf of the families also said they were "touched" by the expressions of sympathy from people all over the world.

Iraqi-born British engineer Saad al Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, her 74-year-old mother and a passing cyclist were killed in the attack last Wednesday near the village of Chevaline.

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Alps shootings victims were not 'normal tourists' says police source

A French police source has said that the profiles of the British victims of the shootings in the Alps did not appear to match those of traditional tourists.

He also described the 7.65mm automatic pistol as an old-fashioned weapon but one that can still be used by special forces.

Police quickly demonstrated that the victims did not correspond to the profiles of 'normal tourists' and they were not assassinated in 'normal' conditions.

A 7.65mm (handgun) is definitely an old-fashioned calibre but it can still be used by some special forces.

– French police source

French police still gathering witness evidence

Tourist Jan Janssen told ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy that he saw Saad al-Hilli leave the campsite up to five times a day on his own.

"He would come back after 30-45 minutes. Every time, he parked up somewhere different.

"He constantly looked nervous, as if he always had to go somewhere."

Mr Janssen said al-Hilli always parked so he was in a position to leave in a forward direction.

French police due at Alps family home

by - Crime Correspondent

French police officers are expected to visit the al-Hilli home later today for an update how searches being conducted by Surrey officers are progressing.

The al-Hilli family home in Claygate, Surrey. Credit: Press Association

The French judge and prosecutor investigating the Alps massacre will visit the UK on Thursday too, as police search woodland huts near Annecy.

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