Bulgarian politician has gun pointed at his head - video
Ahmet Dogan escaped unharmed when the would-be assassin's pistol did not go off
THIS is the terrifying moment a politician came face-to-face with a would-be assassin as he gave a televised speech to his party conference in Bulgaria.
Ahmet Dogan, the leader of the country's ethnic Turkish party, escaped unharmed when the attacker's pistol failed to fire and he was wrestled to the ground by other delegates.
The unnamed man, armed with a gas pistol and two knives, burst onto the stage during Dogan's address to the party conference and aimed the gun at his head. But when it did not go off the shocked 58-year-old politican pushed the man's hand away before he could try again, and security staff rushed the stage.
After a moment of stunned silence, pandemonium broke out in the conference chamber and delegates swarmed onto the stage to attack the assailant as he lay pinned to the floor. The 25-year-old was repeatedly punched and kicked, and even attacked with a briefcase and an umbrella.
The liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party is supported by many of Bulgaria's ethnic Turks, who make up ten per cent of the population. It has featured in two coalition governments in the last ten years. Dogun has been leader since the party was founded, 23 years ago.