Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALPS MASSACRE GIRL HID FOR EIGHT HOURS UNDER DEAD MOTHER; LONDON FAMILY GUNNED DOWN AT HOLIDAY BEAUTY SPOT IN FRANCE 'Girl Could Not Tell the Difference between Good Guys and Bad Guys' ?FOUR-YEAR-OLD FOUND FROZEN WITH FEAR IN CAR 'Girl Could Not Tell the Difference between Good Guys and Bad Guys'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALPS MASSACRE GIRL HID FOR EIGHT HOURS UNDER DEAD MOTHER; LONDON FAMILY GUNNED DOWN AT HOLIDAY BEAUTY SPOT IN FRANCE 'Girl Could Not Tell the Difference between Good Guys and Bad Guys' ?FOUR-YEAR-OLD FOUND FROZEN WITH FEAR IN CAR 'Girl Could Not Tell the Difference between Good Guys and Bad Guys'

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Byline: Peter Allen in Albertville and Kiran Randhawa

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD British girl hid for eight hours under her dead mother's body after her family were shot dead in a horrific attack in France.

The child lay frozen in terror until she was discovered by forensic science officers in the early hours of today as they combed the scene of the massacre for clues.

The girl's father, mother and grandmother were shot dead with a machinegun-type weapon through the windows of their British-registered BMW estate car at a beauty spot near Lake Annecy in the French Alps. The family is said to be from Claygate in south-west London.

Her seven-year-old sister is fighting for her life after being found nearby with multiple wounds and a French cyclist was also shot dead in the attack yesterday.

"We have never seen such horror on our doorstep Continued on Pages 4 & 5

Continued from Page 1 before," said local mayor Didier Berthollet. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the four-year-old's survival was "miraculous": "When the investigators got into the car they discovered a little girl, who was frozen still and uninjured.

"She stayed beside her mother's body, prostrate for almost eight hours, and did not move during all this time.

"She was speaking a little in English.

She had heard noises and shouts, but did not say any more. She is only four years old. She was taken away and put under protection.

"She could not tell the difference between the good guys and bad guys. She began to smile and speak in English when the policeman took her in his arms and pulled her out of the car. She's fine now -- she's being well looked after."

Her sister is in a critical condition in hospital after being found a short distance from the car with bullet wounds and a fractured skull.

Police sources told French news agency AFP that the father was Saad Al-Hilli, 50. The French cyclist has been named locally as Sylvain Mollier.

The victims in the car had been hit by at least 15 bullets. The family were on holiday and staying at Le Solitaire du Lac campsite in Saint-Jorioz on the shores of the lake.

Fellow campers described the mother as having dark skin and long dark hair and said the family had been at the campsite for three or four days and were staying in a caravan with a tent attached to it.

Police were alerted to the bloodbath in the car park of the Combe d'Ire forest, near Chevaline, south of Lake Annecy, by a cyclist at 4pm yesterday.

Local officers waited for forensic teams to arrive from Paris before entering the vehicle which is why the child remained undiscovered until after midnight.

Police said they had not opened the windows or doors of the bullet-holed car for fear that windows would shatter and compromise ballistics enquiries. …

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