BELFAST, Northern Ireland – 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.