Ahmed Dogan, leader of Bulgaria’s Liberal Movement For Rights and Freedoms, was attacked by a 25-year old gunman while giving a press conference over the weekend. The gunman, armed with a gas pistol and two knives, stormed the stage and tried to shoot Dogan, but was thwarted when his pistol misfired. He was taken down, first by Dogan and then by security. You can watch the frightening attack in the video below. From the Huffington Post:
The liberal MRF party represents ethnic Turks and Muslims, who make up roughly 12 percent of Bulgaria's population, according to Reuters. Dogan is seen as one of the most influential political figures. The conference was scheduled to elect a new leader to succeed Dogan, according to the Associated Press, who is stepped down after nearly 25 years.
Lyutvi Mestan, the man expected to replace Dogan, told the AP "the true reason for the assault was the language of hatred and confrontation."
This Dogan guy is badass. He's 58 years old and he was attacked by a 25-year old, but as soon as he realized what was happening, he snapped into action and took that whippersnapper down. It's also funny to see the difference between America and some 2nd-and-a-half world nation like Bulgaria. In America the attacker would have used an AR-15. He would have blown that politician in half and taken out most of the crowd as well. In Bulgaria attackers are reduced to using gas pistols, which are the guns that cops use to keep drunks in line at Dave Matthews concerts. And keep in mind, this is a professional assassin. Regular criminals in Bulgaria run around shooting Nerf guns. But let's not credit gun laws completely. This assassin deserves some credit for being the worst assassin in the history of mankind. Even at point blank range he can't get the job done. This guy is the Billy Cundiff of assassins.