A British bomb squad has left the Surrey home of the victims of the French Alps shootings after finding nothing dangerous.
Earlier, it was suspected that the house of the British-Iraqi al-Hilli family, whose members were gunned down in a village close to Lake Annecy last Thursday, contained “potentially explosive substances”.
Neighbours were evacuated and access to the area surrounding the house was restricted. These measures have now been called off.
The brother of murdered man Saad al-Hilli has come forward to say there was no family feud, although a letter has emerged in which Saad accuses his brother Zaid of being a “control freak”.
French police say there was only one shooter in the crime.
Their British counterparts are investigating whether al-Hilli’s satellite mapping job had something to do with the killings. He worked for one of Europe’s biggest defence companies and was believed to have been working on a secret contract at the time of his death.
Governments have been known to make killings appear gangland related, according to security analyst Sally Leivesley: “If this is organised crime, then we look at state-sponsored terrorism because we’ve certainly seen links between Iran and organised crime, and organised crime provides denialbility if it’s a state situation.
“But equally, forensically, it could be mischance. You know, we are looking at very, very broad options, perhaps 20 or 30 different permutations in this one.”
There is hope that seven-year-old survivor Zainab will be able to shed light on what happened now that she is conscious, but she will also discover that her mother and father were killed in the attack.