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Girl, 7, who survived Alps shooting wakes from coma

The girl’s younger sister has returned to Britain as police continue to probe the shooting that has shocked Europe.

Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor in the case, has confirmed that the girl who survived Wednesday's shooting is out of a coma.
Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor in the case, has confirmed that the girl who survived Wednesday's shooting is out of a coma.
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A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD British girl who was seriously wounded in a French Alps shooting came out of an artificial coma Sunday, while her younger sister returned to Britain, a prosecutor said.

“The little girl has come out of the artificial coma but she is under sedation and her speech is not yet audible,” Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP. “She is in a better state of health now.”

Her four-year-old sister, another survivor of Wednesday’s quadruple murder, is now back in Britain, he added.

Seven-year-old Zainab al-Hilli is a key witness, being the only one who could detail the number of killers and describe them.

Her younger sister, who spent eight hours hidden behind the bodies of her mother and an elderly relative in the backseat of their car, has said she heard shots but saw nothing.

Zainab was put in a state of artificial coma to allow her to recover. She suffered a fractured skull after probably being pistol-whipped and was shot in the shoulder.

She will he questioned by investigators specialising in child witnesses.

The girls’ father Saad al-Hilli, mother Ikbal and an elderly female relative were gunned down in their car on a forested Alpine road. A passing cyclist was also killed.

- (c) AFP 2012

Earlier: Four-year-old survivor of Alps shooting to return to Britain

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