French state prosecutor Eric Maillaud says that each of the victims of Wednesday’s shootings outside the French town of Annecy suffered two shots to the head. 620 349 TelegraphPlayer_9530707 6:17PM BST 08 Sep 2012
Eric Maillaud, who is leading the investigation, confirmed Saad al-Hilli, an Iraqi-born engineer, his 47-year-old wife Iqbal, a 77-year-old woman believed to be a relative, and a passing cyclist Sylvian Mollier, 45, all received two gunshot wounds to the head.
Initial reports from the French authorities had said they were shot once in the head. A “double tap” where two bullets are shot into the same location is a favoured method of professional killers.
He said: “All four were killed by several bullets and all four were hit twice in the head.”
“It shows an absolute determination to kill,” Mr Maillaud told the Telegraph after a press conference in Annecy.
He refused to reveal details of the weapons used, or whether there was more than one assassin.
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