A gunman attempted to assassinate Ahmed Dogan, the leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party, during a live conference on Saturday. Dogan was on stage at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms party (MRF). A 25-year-old man identified as Oktai Enimehmedov came onstage and held a gun to Dogan’s head. Luckily, the gun got stuck and did not fire.
The Sofia Times reports that Dogan was able to slam away the gunman’s arm. The two men wrestled on the stage and eventually security raced in to apprehend the shooter. Enimehmedov was then beaten severely people in the crowd, including delegates and other officials. In his possession, he had the gun and two other knives.
“He was not in a good shape, there was blood on his face,” said Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov told Noinite. “He told us his version about what motivated him, but I will not discuss it at this point.”
Enimehmedov has been convicted twice before for causing bodily harm to another in 2006 and drug possession in 2010.
Dogan is unharmed.
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