Ahmed Dogan, 58, a Bulgarian politician who is the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms was giving a speech at a conference in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria on Saturday when an assassin stormed the stage, pointed a gun at point blank range to the politician’s head pulling the trigger however the weapon misfired.
The dramatic television footage shows other politicians and security guards rushing to the stage to beat and kick the assassin then pinning him to the ground before he was able to fire a second attempt. Dogan was eventually taken out of the hall by his bodyguards after the incident and is reported to be unharmed.
The assassin was reported by the Daily Mail to be a 25-year-old man from the Black Sea town of Burgas who according to the World Bulletin has a criminal record for hooliganism, causing physical injuries and robbery. He was carrying two knives and a gas pistol during the assassination attempt. Investigators are still trying to determine how the assassin managed to enter the hall past security guards.
The MRF is a Bulgarian centrist liberal party that represents Muslims and ethnic Turks. The organization has been led by Dogan for approximately 25 years and represents 12 percent of the 7.3 million population of Bulgaria. He is considered to be an influential politician in the Balkan country.