Orange Volunteers (OV)

Orange Volunteers (OV)

Orange Volunteers (OV) is a terrorist group that appeared in the late 1990s and is comprised largely of disgruntled loyalist hardliners who split from groups observing the cease-fire between Ireland and Northern Ireland. OV seeks to prevent a political settlement with Irish nationalists by attacking Catholic civilian interests in Northern Ireland. The group has been linked to pipe-bomb attacks and sporadic assaults on Catholics. Following a successful security crackdown at the end of 1999, the OV declared a cease-fire in September 2000.

Operating principally in Northern Ireland, OV may have up to 20 dedicated members, some of whom are experienced in terrorist tactics and bombmaking.



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