His killing was claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, a cover name used by the Loyalist Volunteer Force
and the UDA.
He was once a close associate of Billy "King Rat" Wright, the leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force
(LVF) who was shot dead inside the Maze Prison at Christmas l997.
An investigative reporter for the Sunday World, O'Hagan had come too close to the truth about the rabidly anti-Catholic Loyalist Volunteer Force
, a militia of drug pushers and killers (Metro Today, Oct.
On the Protestant side, there is the Loyalist Volunteer Force
whose leader, Billy Wright, was murdered in the Maze Prison earlier this year.
Wright, who was known as King Rat, was the leader of the feared Loyalist Volunteer Force
A fourth made by the Loyalist Volunteer Force
denied any involvement but blamed the rival Ulster Volunteer Force - supposedly under a ceasefire at the time.
After weeks of talks involving church and community representatives from Belfast and Mid Ulster, the truce was reached between the Ulster Volunteer Force and its bitter enemies in the Loyalist Volunteer Force
It is believed the disturbances were connected to the arrest of six men during a police operation linked to the ongoing paramilitary feud between the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Loyalist Volunteer Force
The disturbances broke out after the arrest of six men by police investigating a shooting war between the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Loyalist Volunteer Force
that has left three men dead.
The Loyalist Volunteer Force
announced its conflict with the Ulster Volunteer Force had ended and called for mechanisms to be put in place to prevent any further loyalist feuding.
Detectives in Scotland and here are convinced they show the faces of Loyalist Volunteer Force
gunmen during armed robberies.
Another loyalist group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force
, was also "specified" as being off ceasefire, amid indications that it was involved in the murder of journalist Martin O'Hagan two weeks ago.