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Red Hand Defenders/Orange Volunteers

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The Red Hand Defenders are a dissident loyalist group that emerged during the Drumcree crisis of summer 1998.

The group is believed to have carried out a range of attacks against police and Catholics. It also claimed responsibility for the car bomb murder of human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson in Lurgan.

Like the Red Hand Defenders, the Orange Volunteers are thought to be made up of dissidents from the LVF and UFF.

The two groups caused confusion when both admitted carrying out the same grenade attack on a pub in County Antrim.

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