The Daily Mail has an incredible story plus a video (which you can watch BELOW). Bulgarian opposition leader Ahmed Dogan was onstage delivering a speech when a would-be assassin jumped up, aimed a gun at his head and fired — but the gun didn’t go off:
A Bulgarian politician today survived an extraordinary assassination attempt when a man stormed the stage and held a gun to his head as he was giving a speech.
Fortunately for Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the weapon misfired giving him time to react and hit the would-be assassins hand out of the way.
Before he can attempt a second shot the unidentified suspect is tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates attending the conference in Sofia.
Watch the video here:
This illustrates three things:
(1) How quickly an assassination attempt can occur.
(2) How any security lapse even for a second can be deadly.
(3) The role of happenstance: Mr. Dogan has been given a second lease on life.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.