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British family holidaying in France shot dead

Last Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 00:03

London: A hunt is on for the killer of three members of a British family and an cyclist at an Alpine beauty spot, a media report said Friday.

The vicctims, Iraqi-born aircraft engineer Saad Al-Hilli, his dentist wife Iqbal and her mother, were shot in the forehead through the car windows as they sat parked in a remote forest layby, the Daily Express reported.

A French cyclist thought to have been a witness was found shot dead nearby, BBC reported.

The family was on a caravan holiday near Lake Annecy, France. The couple`s seven-year-old daughter Zeinab managed to escape from the car before being shot in the shoulder. She was in a medically induced coma in a French hospital.

While Zeena, four-year-old sister of Zeinab, survived unhurt as she hid herself in the footwell of their car underneath her mother`s body for eight hours.

Officers believe the family may have been lured to the spot for a planned execution by a hitman.

Police were stunned by the ruthlessness of the attack by a clearly expert gunman who fired "clinical shots to the centre of the forehead".

According to French police sources, the clinical manner of the killings - with a total of 15 shots fired - pointed towards a planned execution.


First Published: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 00:03

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