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Protestant militant killed in Belfast samurai sword attack

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police say a senior Protestant militant has been slain with a samurai sword in his Belfast home, and an acquaintance drinking with him has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Residents of the Belvoir neighborhood in south Belfast say 47-year-old Colin “Bap” Lindsay was killed and a 52-year-old man seriously wounded when a third man in the house attacked them with the sword.

Police say they are questioning a 46-year-old man as the only suspect. They have ruled out a paramilitary or sectarian motive.

Lindsay was a senior figure in Northern Ireland’s largest pro-British paramilitary group, the Ulster Defence Association. The outlawed group killed hundreds of people, mostly Catholic civilians, from 1971 to 1994 before it called a cease-fire.

The UDA today runs criminal rackets in working-class Protestant districts.

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