Sunday, 20 January 2013
Bulgarian Politician survives assassination attempt on stage
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 assassins hand out of the way.
A 25-year-old man, pictured with a bloodied face after being tackled by security officials, was arrested at the scene
Before he can attempt a second shot the unidentified suspect is tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates attending the conference in Sofia.
Security guards and politicians are then seen beating and kicking the attacker as he is pinned to the ground.
‘Ahmed Dogan is in good health. Everything is under control’, MRF official Ceyhan Ibryamov told journalists.
The liberal MRF party represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims who make up about 12 percent of Bulgaria’s 7.3 million-strong population. Dogan is seen as one of Balkan country’s most influential political figures. The MRF was a junior partner in the previous Socialist-led cabinet.