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 shootings witness: 'Injuries didn't match a car accident'

Brett Martin, the first witness on the scene at the al-Hilli family shootings in the French Alps has told the BBC that his opinion "slowly changed" from whether it was a car accident or a shooting.

Mr Martin said he saw the car running and moved the cyclist out of the way of the car. He said he realised that the injuries "did not match the body". He said:

[Zainab al-Hilli] looked from a distance, like she was falling about. But as I approached her I saw she was injured, and there was a lot of blood on her. What it seemed like at the time was a massive car accident.

She was lying semi-conscious. I needed to move her, so I soon gently moved her, clear off the road, and put her in the recovery position. I then moved on. She was very severely injured. It seemed obvious that she had bad head injuries.

It looked just like a Hollywood scene. But unfortunately it was real life.


French prosecutor: Alps shootings investigation is 'complex'

France's state prosecutor Eric Maillaud spoke ahead of his visit to the UK today, to assist in the al-Hilli family shootings investigation in which three people were shot dead in the French Alps.

Mr Maillaud said there were three possible theories to explain the killings, as investigators wait to speak to the seven-year-old girl who survived the accident. Mr Maillaud told a press conference in the French city Annecy:

Today there are no suspects, but different theories, and I can tell you that in this very complex investigation, there are three possible theories.

There's the theory of a family conflict between the two brothers regarding a sum of money or inheritance. We have some elements concerning the financial conflict between the two brothers, but the brother in Britain denies this, he says he was on good terms with his brother.

We have the theory about the profession of Mr al-Halili and we have the theory about his origins in Iraq.

– Eric Maillaud, French prosecutor

Surrey Police: French investigators to provide support in Alps case

A French prosecutor and judge are due to arrive in the UK in order to liaise with police teams in the UK in the investigation into the al-Hilli family shootings, Surrey Police have said in a statement. Surrey police said:

The purpose of the visit is to build upon the already good liaison and established cooperation between the French Gendarmerie and Surrey Police teams, given the complex nature of the investigation crossing two jurisdictions.

Surrey Police is continuing to provide all possible support, including the provision of specialist search teams to carry out thorough checks at an address in Claygate, and a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) to assist members of the family involved both in France and the UK.

Report: Alps survivor 'could be left blind'

The seven-year-old girl, whose family was shot dead by a gunman in the French Alps could have been left blinded, according to The Telegraph.

Zainab al-Hilli survived the attack despite being shot in the shoulder and pistol-whipped around the head, bu there are concerns her health is deteriorating.

The facial injuries were reportedly so horrific that she could lose her sight in one eye. A police source was quoted as saying of Zainab:

She suffered multiple facial injuries that caused two subdural hematomas and a fractured orbital bone. She was beaten around the face with great force, the trauma was immense.

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