Three people have been found dead at two different properties in Northern Ireland in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Detectives have launched a double-murder investigation after the bodies were found in Newtownabbey, north of Belfast.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were called to reports of a stabbing at a residence in the Derrycoole Way area at around 11pm on Friday, where a woman was pronounced dead.
A search of a second property in the Glenville Road area about five minutes’ drive away located another dead woman and an unconscious man.
Despite first aid treatment he also died soon afterwards, police said.
“While we have launched a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents which we believe are connected,” the PSNI said in a statement.
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Police said they are currently not searching for any other people in relation to the matter.
A statement from Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “Just after 10.55pm on Friday evening, police received a report of a stabbing at a residential property in the Derrycole Way area.
“Officers attended, along with colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Sadly, a woman has been pronounced dead.
“As officers carried out further enquiries, they attended a residential property in the Glenville Road area. An unconscious male was located in the property. Despite the provision of first aid, the male was pronounced dead.
“On searching the property, another deceased female was located.
“While we have launched a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents which we believe are connected.”
No other details were immediately available.
Police have asked anyone with information which may assist their investigation to contact 101 and quote reference number 2441 of 19/03/21.