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Man arrested in connection with the deaths of Seema Banu and her two children in Dublin last month

The man, who is in his 30s, was arrested this morning.

A MAN IN his 30s has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 37-year-old Seema Banu and her two children Asfira Syed and Faizan Syed in Dublin last month.

Their bodies were discovered in the house in Llewellyn Court in Ballinteer on 28 October.

The children were found to have been strangled, while their mother died from a ligature around her neck, post-mortem examinations found.

The man was arrested this morning, and is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Dundrum Garda Station.

A garda spokesman said investigations into the three deaths are ongoing.

Officers have previously asked for people not to speculate about the case on social media. 

The bodies of the three were discovered at the family home on 28 October after concerned neighbours raised the alarm.

It is believed they may have been dead for several days. 

Gardaí made the grim discovery when they arrived on the scene.

Earlier this month, a joint funeral was held for the mother and children at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh.

The three coffins sat side by side as Imam Hussein Halawa said a number of prayers before they were taken to Newcastle Cemetery for burial.

Indian Ambassador to Ireland Sandeep Kumar posted on social media after their deaths: “The Embassy has offered full support to family and garda.

“It also expresses appreciation to the local community for rallying together and showing solidarity in a difficult situation.”

Investigators questioned a 36-year-old man who was known to the family in the days after the three deaths, but he was not arrested.

Today’s arrest is the first to be made in connection with the killings.

With reporting from Press Association.

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