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Person arrested for massacre of British family in French Alps

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the murders of three British family members and a French cyclist in a gun attack ten years ago.

In a dramatic development in what many considered a cold affair, a prosecutor’s source in Annecy, eastern France, confirmed on Wednesday that “a man was taken into custody at 8:05 am today and is questioned at length “in relation to the savage. attack in the Alps.

The anonymous has already been arrested, but police “are examining inconsistencies in his original will and verifying his alibi,” the source said.

Surrey businessman Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and stepmother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were all gunned down as they tried to escape from the area in their BMW car in September 2012.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died in a bloodbath, after being shot seven times at close range.

Al-Hillis daughter Zeena, four, hid in the floor of the vehicle and was unharmed, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot and beaten but recovered well.

Despite an investigation that spreads across the world, the individual or persons responsible have never been arrested, leading to accusations that the French now consider it insoluble.

But Line Bonnet-Mathis, the Annecy prosecutor, confirmed that the investigation is still very active.

Referring to the hamlet closest to the crime scene, she declared at the end of last year: “The Chevaline affair is continuing, and still involves an examining magistrate and investigators.

Ms Bonnet-Mathis said that the “preservation of physical evidence” was a priority and “for us it is not a cold affair”.

She confirmed that forensic scientists from the research section of the Chambéry gendarmerie had returned to the scene.

Baffled French investigators considered many other potential reasons for the attacks.

But none of the many theories surrounding the so-called Alpine murders have been upheld, meaning there have been no criminal charges.