French Alps Shootings: Cops Probe Pakistan Murder Link- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive News Story- ***September 2012***

Our latest exclusive on the French Alps shooting revealed how police are investigating a possible link to Pakistan.

The shocking murder of British engineer Saad al-Hilli and his wife, in front of their children has had few leads so far.

Our source revealed that police were probing whether there was a link to a man in Pakistan.

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Pakistan terror link: French Alps shooting police investigate new murder lead

POLICE hunting the killer of the French Alps gun victims are investigating a terrorist link.

The Sunday Mirror can reveal that the probe into the murders of British ­engineer Saad al-Hilli, his wife and ­mother-in-law, and a passing cyclist has now ­extended to Asia.

Detectives are trying to trace a mystery man from Pakistan who is believed to have been in touch with Muslim dad-of-two Saad, 50, in recent months.

Last week we told how one of Saad's closest friends had become concerned about his extreme anti-Israeli rants in internet chatooms.

Gary Aked, who knew Saad for nearly 20 years, said his friend spent hours ­bombarding Arabic chatrooms with his beliefs on Israel, the invasion of Iraq and the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. Police are investigating the theory that he had been radicalised.

A source said: "Saad's strong beliefs, which would be viewed by many as being ­extreme, is something of interest to the investigation.

"The police are trying to ­establish whether Saad had crossed the line, and one name has come up on the radar and this person is from Pakistan.

"It is the first time ­Pakistan has been brought up in ­relation to the investigation. Extremists from that country, where there are a number of terror cells, are regular visitors to these ­chatroom sites. Saad could have made himself a target."

Saad, from Claygate, Surrey, his wife Ikbal, 47, and his mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were shot near Annecy in their BMW estate on September 5.

The couple's daughter Zainab, seven, was seriously wounded but her sister Zeena, four, escaped unhurt after hiding under her mother's skirt. Sylvain Mollier, a passing French cyclist, was also shot dead in what detectives ­believe was a pre-planned attack by a professional hitman.

Gary revealed how Saad ­recently replaced his online profile picture showing his eldest daughter with an image of an Arabic ­leader.

Surrey Police last week questioned Gary about Saad's extremist views and have taken evidence from the ­al-Hillis' £1.5million home, which is understood to have ­provided a number of new leads.

French detectives insist they are keeping an open mind about the motive for the murders.

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