Turkish politician escapes gun attack in Bulgaria

A Turkish politician had a lucky escape after a gunman rushed up and pointed a gun to his face at a conference before being wrestled to the ground.

Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms party had been delivering a speech when the 25-year-old man rushed on stage.

Dogan struck the man before he could pull the trigger of the gas pistol and then he was quickly wrestled to the ground. The man, later identified as Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national of Turkish origin, was also carrying two knives.

He was arrested and taken to hospital for injuries which appear to have been sustained by several people filmed punching and kicking him on the ground.

Television footage showed the man jumping out of the audience brandishing the gun which he pointed at Dogan's head. Security guards pulled him to the ground and he was repeatedly beaten and kicked by conference delegates.

Police said they arrested the attacker, a 25-year-old from the Black Sea town of Burgas, who was also carrying two knives. Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said the attacker tried to fire two shots but "most likely the gun misfired".

Dogan, 58, who has lead the party for almost a quarter of a century, returned to the party conference a few hours after the attack and was greeted with standing ovation from delegates.