The leader of Bulgaria’s Turkish minority party escaped a botched assassination attempt unscathed on Saturday after his assailant’s gun misfired.
Ahmed Dogan was addressing various delegates and spectators at a conference when a gunman jumped on stage and lunged at him. Dogan froze initially, not entirely sure how to react. However, when the would-be assassin’s gun didn’t fire, the 58-year-old hit his arm away.
Before anything else could happen, security tackled the would be assailant and apprehended him.
Numerous reports have noted that the gunman was a “25-year-old ethnic Turk from the eastern city of Burgas,” although that has yet to be officially confirmed.
The man was reportedly also carrying two knives
A few hours after that botched assassination attempt, Dogan announced his retirement. He proposed that his deputy, Lyutvi Mestan, replace him as the new leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party.
Dogan’s retirement, by all accounts, was something that had been in the works for a while and was not motivated by the events that occurred on Saturday.