Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Would-Be Assassin: Bulgarian Politician Survives Shooting Attempt on Live TV

A campaigning Bulgarian politician is lucky to be alive after a harrowing assassination attempt on his life that was broadcast on live television!

Ahmed Dogan, 58, who has been the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms for almost twenty-five years, was delivering a speech in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, when a man jumped up from the audience and ambushed him. The man—identified as twenty-five-year old from the Black Sea town of Burgas and a member of opposition political party to the MRF—quickly pulled out a gun as he jumped on stage and aimed directly at Dogan's head.

The would-be assassin immediately pulled the trigger, but miraculously the gun misfired, giving the politician an opportunity to escape. Dogan managed to knock the firearm out of the man's hand as it fell to the stage floor. Security officers promptly rushed the stage, pushing the assassin to the ground as body guards and fellow politicians formed a protective shield around Dogan, who was unharmed in the heart-stopping incident.

Cameras panned to the failed assassin, who was left bloodied and battered as security guards and staff members delivered blows and hard kicks to the young man as he lay helpless on the stage floor. He is then taken from the conference hall.

"Ahmed Dogan is in good health. Everything is under control, Movement for Rights and Freedoms official Ceyhan Ibryamov told journalists after the disturbing melee.

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