Bulgarian party leader escapes assassination
By The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, 10:24 p.m.
SOFIA, Bulgaria — A Bulgarian opposition politician narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during a televised speech on Saturday when a man climbed on the stage next to him and pointed a gun to his head at point-blank range.
Police identified the alleged attacker as Oktai Enimehmedov, 25, from the eastern coastal city of Burgas. They said he was carrying the gun and two knives.
The video from the event in Sofia shows the man climbing the podium where Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking, and pointing the gun to his face.
Dogan struck Enimehmedov before he could pull the trigger, while other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground. Television footage showed several people punching, kicking and stomping on the man when he was on the ground.
Police arrested him and took him to a hospital.
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