Top loyalist killed in sword attack

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A senior loyalist has been killed and another man is in a critical condition in hospital after a samurai sword attack in Belfast.

Veteran Ulster Defence Association (UDA) chief Colin “Bap” Lindsay, 47, died after he was attacked in his home in the Kirkistown Walk area of the Belvoir estate in south Belfast.

Police have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

It is understood the incident is not being treated as a terrorist-related attack or as part of any loyalist turf war.

The injured man is 52.

Emergency services were called to the house after 8pm last night.

Police are due to outline further details of the incident later.

South Belfast Assembly member Jimmy Spratt called for calm after the attack, noting that tensions are already high as the height of the loyal order marching season approaches.

“I want to condemn the murder of a man last night in the Belvoir estate,” said the DUP representative.

“Murder has no place in our society and I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately. I would also appeal for calm in the area especially at a time of year when tensions are high.”