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A mum and her two children were strangled to death in their home in what a police source says was an "evil" killing.
Seema Banu Syed, 37, her daughter Affira, 11, and six-year-old son Fazam were discovered in the house in Llewellyn Court, Ballinteer, shortly before noon on Wednesday.
The victims may have been dead for several days before the grim discovery was made, the Irish Mirror reports.
Neighbours alerted gardai when the family, who are originally from India, hadn't been seen recently.
Officers from an Armed Support Unit forced their way into the house and discovered Seema upstairs in one bedroom with a ligature around her neck. Her children were found dead in another room.
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Seema's husband and the children's father Sameer Syed, 36, was not at home.
Detectives immediately sealed off the house, declaring it a crime scene and launched a massive manhunt.
A photo of the suspect, who was known to the dead woman, was circulated to Garda stations with a warning the fugitive might be armed and dangerous.
A man later presented himself at a Garda station accompanied by a solicitor and is helping with inquiries.
A senior source told the Irish Mirror: "The killer is a right bad b*****d.
"He choked the life out of the mother. She was found face up with a ligature around her neck.
"The two little children were discovered lying face down. It's shocking beyond belief. Nothing but evil."
The triple murderer seemed to cover their tracks by damaging the interior of the house, hoping to get rid of any evidence that would tie the culprit to the killings.
Supt Paul Reidy, from Blackrock Garda station, told media yesterday: "Officers were called here this afternoon to the scene where we discovered three fatalities, an adult female and children aged 11 and six.
"We immediately conducted an investigation.
"We've called on the services of the State Pathologist and a technical examination is being conducted.
"The scene has been preserved. We're treating the deaths as unexplained at the moment.
"The results of the postmortems will determine the course of our investigation."
Supt Reidy would not comment on if anyone else is wanted in connection with the tragedies.
He added: "We're investigating the circumstances around the death of the three individuals at the moment."
Neighbours have spoken of their shock and heartbreak at the deaths of the quiet but well-liked family.
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