NoisyleSec - Five people, including four young children, were killed in a suspected family dispute outside Paris on Saturday, as French police investigate what sparked the violence.

The dead, reportedly from a family of Sri Lankan origin, were found together in a room at a property in the eastern Paris suburb of Noisy-Le-Sec. The child victims were between two and 14 years old, a police source told AFP. Three more people were found badly injured at the property after what the local prosecutor’s office said appeared to be a violent family disagreement.  The source said it appeared the victims had been stabbed to death, adding that the line of enquiry involved a family dispute “whose circumstances have still to be determined.”

“They were an ordinary, exemplary family. I can’t believe it,” said Olivier Sarrabeyrouse, the local mayor who had previously taught some of the victims.  The three injured -- including a potential instigator of the violence -- were hospitalised, the prosecutor’s office said, adding that two adolescents were also slightly hurt.  A local cafe proprietor told AFP that police had gone to the family’s home only last week after a dispute.