The unnamed man clearly had a security pass for the Movement for Rights and Freedom party's annual conference

A Bulgarian politician today survived an  extraordinary assassination attempt when a man stormed the stage and held a gun  to his head as he was giving a speech.

Fortunately for Ahmed Dogan, leader of the  Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the weapon misfired giving him time to react  and hit the would-be assassin’s hand out of the way.

Before he could attempt a second shot the  unidentified suspect was tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates  attending the conference in Sofia.

The unnamed man clearly had a security pass for the Movement for Rights and Freedom party’s annual conference

Television footage showed the man  jumping  out of the audience and interrupting a speech by 58-year-old  Dogan, who has led  the party for almost a quarter of a century.

In a split second, he raises the gun to Mr  Dogan’s head but it appeared to misfire.

The politician then knocked the gun away and  fell to the floor as he attempted to flee.

Security guards and delegates rushed onto the  stage where they wrestled the attacker to the ground.

A separate group surrounded a shocked Mr  Dogan in a protective shield.

Politicians then appeared from the audience  and begin rained blows on the suspect as he was pinned to the ground.

He was later pictured being taken away by  police bloodied and bruised.

The scene became frantic as more people went over to help apprehend the man

‘Ahmed Dogan is in good health. Everything is  under control,’ Movement for Rights and Freedoms official Ceyhan Ibryamov told  journalists.

Police said they arrested a 25-year-old man  from the Black Sea town of Burgas who was also carrying two knives.

The liberal MRF party represents ethnic Turks  and other Muslims who make up about 12 per cent of Bulgaria’s 7.3 million-strong  population.

Dogan is seen as one of Balkan country’s most  influential political figures.

Two years ago he was acquitted after a  high-profile corruption trial into  payments he received as a consultant for a  hydro power project.

The MRF was a junior partner in the previous  Socialist-led cabinet before  switching to the opposition following the 2009  elections.

In 1996, former Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov  was found shot dead near his home in Sofia, though attacks on politicians are  rare.

Source: The Daily Mail


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