Official denies cyclist in Alps killings was target

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A FRENCH prosecutor has denied reports that a cyclist involved in a disputed inheritance was the intended target of a shooting in the Alps that left a British-Iraqi family dead.

French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was among four people killed in the September attack, which left two girl survivors.

Investigators initially focused on the other three victims – Surrey man Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law – and suggested the cyclist was an unintended victim. But recent reports said that Mr Mollier may have been the target, because of an inheritance dispute.

Regional prosecutor Eric Maillaud said there was “no inheritance problem” and “no link” between the killing and Mr Mollier.

He said investigators still believe the killer was either connected to the Hilli family or was an “isolated killer” with no link to the victims.