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Girls found alive after murder of family

Chevaline (France), Sept. 6 (Reuters): Two girls, apparently on a camping holiday from Britain with their parents, were under police protection in France today after three adults thought to be their mother, father and grandmother, were shot dead in a car on a road in the Alps.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters the owner of the car, who was found dead at the wheel, was an Iraqi-born Briton called Saad al-Hilli from Surrey.

A girl of about four was found alive and unhurt on the floor of the BMW car and rushed to hospital in the nearby city of Grenoble, where a second girl of about eight, thought to be her sister, had been rushed from the scene eight hours earlier with serious head injuries.

The English-speaking girl was discovered around midnight yesterday, huddled between the front and back seats of the British-registered BMW, under the legs of two dead women thought to be her mother and grandmother, a public prosecutor said.

A man who appeared to be a local cyclist was also found shot dead at the scene, near the village of Chevaline, close to the picturesque Lake Annecy and the Swiss border.

Apparently too scared to move, the little girl went unnoticed by police for some eight hours until investigators finally opened the doors of the car, standing on a forest road near Lake Annecy, to begin a close forensic inspection.

“She’s clearly shocked but she’s doing okay. She’s not injured,” Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said. “She started smiling and speaking English as soon as a gendarme from the Chambery search brigade took her in his arms and got her out of the car,” Maillaud said. The girl of around eight had been beaten on the head.

 
 
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