Bomb Squad at Home of Alps Murder Victim

Neighbors around Saad al-Hilli's home evacuated

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2012 7:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Neighbors of Saad al-Hilli, who was killed along with his wife and mother-in-law in the French Alps last week, were evacuated today as an Army bomb squad descended on the $1.6 million home in England, Reuters reports. Police cordoned off a wider area around the house and released a statement revealing "concerns around items found" there; they were also seen removing items from the home, the BBC reports. French police have also confirmed that the other victims of the Alps massacre are al-Hilli's wife, Iqbal; Iqbal's 74-year-old mother who has not been named; and passing cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45.

Eldest al-Hilli daughter Zainab, 7, who was injured in the attack, is now awake but sedated and won't be able to answer questions for a few more days. Her sister Zeena, 4, who hid under her mother's body, has been interviewed by investigators but "did not see anything," a French prosecutor says. French media claim British police are focusing on al-Hilli's work—he was an engineer who had worked on satellite mapping with a defense firm—but investigators have not commented on reports that al-Hilli was actually under surveillance by police during the Iraq war.

A member of the Royal Logistic Corps bomb disposal team walks with a police officer close to the home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, England, Sept. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/PA, Steve Parsons)
A Royal Logistic Corps bomb disposal truck close to the home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, England, Sept. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/PA, Steve Parsons)
The home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, England, continues to be guarded by Surrey Police, who are assisting French police, Monday Sept. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/PA, Steve Parsons)
The home of Saad al-Hilli, in Claygate, England, continues to be guarded by Surrey Police, who are assisting French police, Monday Sept. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/PA, Steve Parsons)
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