Saad al-Hilli has been identified as one of four victims shot in the Alps. He is a British man, born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1962. Investigators reported that the man is a resident of the London suburb of Claygate, said Sipa News on Thursday morning.
Several media sources by the end of Thursday are saying Saad al-Hilli was working with the Iranian government on developing the nuclear facilities in Iran, and he and his family were killed by Israelis (Mossad?). The Telegraph noted he worked for a satellite and aerospace tech company attached to Surrey University. Other sources are saying al-Hilli
worked on the Iraqi nuclear program before moving to the UK and was under protection from MI5 against the Israelis.
As reported earlier...
Five people, including a young girl, have been shot in a forest in the Alps, French authorities said. Four are dead.
Reports from the scene said the bodies were riddled with bullets. Police are calling it an "assassination," reported Fox News.
All five were initially reported to be dead, but the girl, believed to be around 7 years old, is now reported to be in critical condition in a hospital, according to a local prosecutor.
An official with the regional administration for the Haute-Savoie region says three of the bodies were found in a BMW with British registration.
Sipa News says the girl was found alive with bullet wounds on a forest road.
It happened in an Alpine forest near Chevaline, close by the Annecy (English: Anne, Annex) Lake, in Haute-Savoie (English: Upper Savoy).
(Chevaline, meaning "of or relating to horses," was the code name for a project to improve the penetrability of the warheads used by the British Polaris nuclear weapons system. Devised as an answer to the improved Soviet defenses around Moscow, the system was intended to increase the probability that at least one warhead would penetrate the city's anti-ballistic missile - ABM - defenses.)
The initial reports said a cyclist discovered the girl, the three bodies in the car and a fourth body, of a cyclist, lying nearby.
The Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the discovery was like a scene from a film: "We don't know who could have done this. We have no idea."
The Haute-Savoie was one of the filming locations for the 2010 film directed by Clint Eastwood, Hereafter. The 2000 French psychological thriller about a murder investigation, The Crimson Rivers, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, was also filmed in the area.
Maillaud added that the victims were "found very shortly after the shootings."
No details of the ages or nationality of the victims were released by the French police. Maillaud said: "The car is an English car, we are sure of that, but we don't know their nationality. It is not possible to move the people before tomorrow [Thursday] morning. We don't have access to documents to know who the people are."
A police spokesman told the Mirror: "From the registration we believe this family may have been British."
Sky News reported that another cyclist found the bodies. That cyclist is in shock.
The identity of the victims is unclear.
French gendarmes block a road leading to the scene of the shooting near Lake Annecy. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot.