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Orange Volunteers

Like the Red Hand Defenders, this group is thought to be made up of dissidents from the Loyalist Volunteer Force and Ulster Freedom Fighters.

In December 1998, the two groups caused confusion when both admitted carrying out the same grenade attack on a pub in County Antrim. A month earlier eight hooded men, armed with grenades and claiming to be Orange Volunteers, had put on a show of strength for a television crew.

The Orange Volunteers claim to have attacked Catholic businesses and have threatened to murder IRA prisoners released under the Good Friday Agreement.

They were added to the proscribed list at the same time as the Red Hand Defenders.

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