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Swede among victims of French Alps massacre

6 Sep 2012, 16:04

Published: 06 Sep 2012 16:04 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish woman, a 77-year-old according to British media, was found dead together with her daughter and her daughter’s husband – all of whom were shot in the head.

The woman is a Swedish citizen and has a Swedish passport, said the foreign ministry, but they were unwilling to divulge further information.

"The information provided in France is correct. She is Swedish. We are waiting for the end of the identification process to issue an official confirmation," foreign ministry spokeswoman Linn Duvhammar said.

Four people were killed in the mystery shooting on Wednesday, in what the prosecutor called an act of "extreme savagery."

Three of the victims were found in a British-registered BMW estate car near Chevaline in the French Alps, while the fourth was a French cyclist who arrived at the scene by chance.

There were two young girls also in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, and they are now both being held under high security from French police.

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud also said an Iraqi passport was found. A man who was found dead in the driver's seat was identified as Saad al-Hilli, a 50-year-old who was born in Baghdad but living in Britain.

One of the daughters, a four-year-old, hid for eight hours under the legs of her dead mother before being discovered by police.

The girl was not discovered at first as police did not know she was inside the car, and were reluctant to tamper with potential ballistic evidence.

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It wasn't until witnesses at a nearby camp explained that there were two sisters that police opened the car door and found the four-year-old.

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Your comments about this article

21:29 September 6, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Such a horrific tragedy! I hope they will find the person(s) responsible for this quickly. I also hope the two girls will recover and receive the professional help they will need. It will be a long road for them both.
08:03 September 7, 2012 by jostein
TheLocals crusade against honest reporting continues.
09:40 September 7, 2012 by johan rebel
A "Swedish woman"?!? Oh, come on, gimme a break!

This only became headline news here when this most tenuous connection with Sweden came to light. Hilarious!
10:33 September 7, 2012 by Brock_and_Roll
"most tenuous connection with Sweden"

Surely not! If someone is a British citizen and holds a British passport then they are British, end of story. As such when one of our citizens is muderered abroad, the British embassy will be on the case straight away as every Briton would expect.

Are you implying that Sweden is different - that you have two types of citizens, one of which does not really count if they are shot in the head for no apparent reason?

I have worked with Swedes for 20 years - I have to say the ignorance of some of them defies belief - its almost as if they have only just stepped out of the back-woods!
10:41 September 7, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Makes you wonder..that British cyclist who found them must have been seconds, minutes away from being whacked himself...so if no car passed him the murderer must have escaped by foot or mountainbike.....all sorts of theories in the UK press..was it a hit, random murder ? revenge, an associate, was he a drug dealer ? terrible for the kids...
19:25 September 7, 2012 by KossBoss
@ johan rebel

Well, the passport showed she was a swedish citizen and that's the only relevant info here. she was of iraqi origin sure, but why would that be relevant to the media or the police?
16:59 September 8, 2012 by jostein

If she had been a swede, i would have felt solidarity for her. I care more about people that i feel related to than i do about people i do not feel related to.
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