Man arrested over 2012 shootings

Police investigating fatal shooting of four people in a layby in 2012 make arrest in Alpine village near to attack

18 February 2014

French police have arrested a man in connection with the 2012 murders of a British engineer and three other people in the Haute-Savoie region of the Alps.

The 48-year-old is from Chevaline, near where the murders took place.

A property in the area is also being searched.

Officials pointed out that the man may not be a direct suspect in the murders but may be able to provide vital evidence.

The arrest comes after an e-fit image of a man police wanted to question in connection with the murders was published in November and prompted witnesses to come forward.

It has been reported that further arrests may follow.

Iraqi-born Saad al-Hilli was staying in Annecy with his family when he was shot several times in the head on 5 September 2012 after parking his car in a layby on a wooded road near Chevaline.

His wife and mother were also shot dead. One of his daughters was wounded and another escaped unscathed by hiding under her mother's skirt. The body of a cyclist was found nearby.

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