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A man has been arrested in connection with the murders of three members of a British family and a French cyclist in a gun attack 10 years ago.

surrey businessman saad al-hilli, 50, his wife iqbal, 47, and his mother-in-law suhaila al-allaf, 74, were gunned down as they tried to escape the area in their bmw car on september 5, 2012.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, also died in the bloodbath, after being shot seven times at point blank range.

The couple's two young daughters survived the attack.

The Al-Hillis' daughter, Zeena, four, hid in the footwell of the vehicle and was unscathed, while her sister, Zainab, seven, was shot and beaten but made a good recovery.

Mr al Hilli's brother was arrested on suspicion of murder in 2013 but released without charge and told he would face no further action.

Earlier in 2021, detectives said they were investigating a possible link between the murders and a bungling gang of contract killers based in Paris.

Surrey businessman Saad al-Hilli, 50, (left) his wife Iqbal, 47, and his mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74 (right) also died in the September 2012 bloodbath, along with local cyclist Sylvian Mollier, 45

A prosecuting source in Annecy, eastern France, today confirmed that a man was "placed in custody at 8.05am today, and is being questioned at length" in relation to the savage attack in the Alps.

police are examining inconsistencies in the unnamed man's original testimony and checking out his alibi", said the source.

despite an investigation stretching across the world, those responsible have never been caught, leading to accusations that the french now view it as unsolvable.

But Line Bonnet-Mathis, the Annecy Prosecutor, has confirmed that the enquiry is still very much active.

Earlier in 2021, detectives (pictured at the scene in September 2021) said they were investigating a possible link between the murders and a bungling gang of contract killers based in Paris

Referring to the nearest hamlet to the crime scene, she said at the end of last year : 'The Chevaline case is continuing, and still involves an investigating judge and investigators. ’ Ms Bonnet-Mathis said the "preservation of physical evidence" was a priority and "for us, this is not a cold case".

She confirmed that forensics officers from the research section of the Chambery gendarmerie had returned to the scene.

pistol rounds found at the home of one member, a former police intelligence officer, were of the same calibre as those fired by the antique luger po6 used to kill the al-hillis.

if the gang was involved, it be more likely that mr mollier was the primary target, investigators believe.

Magistrates accompanied by police forensics officers cordoned off the area near Lake Annecy in September 2021

He was a welder in a subsidiary of the Areva nuclear power group, but tensions in his personal life are more likely to have provided a motive for him being targeted, they said.

Baffled French investigators have considered numerous other potential reasons for the attacks.

These range from Mr Al-Hilli's past life in Iraq, including potential financial links to the late dictator Saddam Hussein, to claims that a "lone wolf" psychopath was responsible for a random attack.

But none of the numerous theories surrounding the so-called Alps Murders have stuck, meaning there have been no criminal indictments.

Around 1pm the family left the campsite and drove towards the village of Chevaline.

No one has been charged over the attack.

Judicial sources told French media that an unidentified man had been taken into custody and his home searched.

Line Bonnet, the public prosecutor in Annecy, said in a statement that a person had been arrested shortly after 8am on Wednesday by police in Chambéry, adding that further details would be released later but that the investigation was covered by judicial secrecy laws.

The caravan and tent used by Saad al-Hilli and his family while on holiday at the Le Solitaire du Lac campsite on Lake Annecy (File photo)

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