ARMED cops tonight evacuated a block of flats after a man and woman were found stabbed to death in a bloodbath.
Police in Belfast descended on the scene of the horror knife attack this afternoon and a major probe in underway.
The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the apartment in the Kinnaird Close area of the city.
Several nearby homes have been evacuated amid a major police operation in the area and local sources said it is understood the victims suffered stab wounds.
Local councillor Paul McCusker said he believed police are pursuing a man in connection with the deaths.
The SDLP politician said: "Just a few days before Christmas this is the worst kind of news for any family
"Within the local community there is anger and sadness."
'DEVASTATING AND HORRIFIC'
He claimed the two victims were a couple and well known "characters" in the area.
He added: "A few days before Christmas this couple's poor family will get this devastating and horrific news that they have died in such conditions."
A police spokesman confirmed they have arrested a 35-year-old man "as part of the investigation".
He has been taken to Musgrave police station for questioning.
Police forensic officers were examining the scene of the incident through Monday afternoon.
A PSNI helicopter was also circling above the area at intervals throughout the day.
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Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery, said: "At around 12.55pm police received a report from a member of the public that the bodies of two people had been discovered in a flat in the area.
"The circumstances of the deaths will now be subject to investigation and post-mortem examinations will take place in due course.
"At this stage it would not be appropriate to elaborate further on the circumstances as our inquiries are at an extremely early stage."