Original - http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1241005.html?menu=news.topheadlines Former Loyalist paramilitary terror boss Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair has been released from prison in Northern Ireland. He was taken from Maghaberry prison near Lisburn, County Antrim, to RAF Aldergrove and then flown by military helicopter to Manchester. Former associates of Adair had vowed to kill him if he returned to his home in the Shankill Road area of Belfast. His wife Gina lives in Bolton where she is recovering from cancer. Adair, 39, had not been due to be freed until Thursday, but was allowed out early because of his entitlement to temporary parole. He completed two-thirds of a 16 year sentence for directing terrorism. This was the third time he had been freed. Previously hundreds of supporters had waited for him outside the jail gates, but on this occasion the authorities took charge and he was out of the country before anyone knew about it. He fell out with his leaders of the Ulster Defence Association at the height of a vicious feud which claimed the lives of a number of paramilitaries, one them John Gregg gunned down at Belfast docks. Police chiefs and the Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy who feared even worse bloodshed ordered he be arrested and sent back to prison. He had been held in near solitary confinement for his own safety. A small group of reporters later gathered outside the Adair family home in Horwich, near Bolton. It was believed Mr Adair was inside the property but was unwilling to speak to the media. The blinds on a front downstairs window remained firmly closed throughout the day and attempts by reporters to speak to the Loyalist paramilitary terror boss were ignored.