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Offline Rockmolder  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 8:09:54 AM(UTC)
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Bulgarian politician survives botched assassination attempt

by CBC News

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Bulgarian police detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader as he was delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital Saturday. No shots were fired.

The video from the Saturday 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 the man just after he appeared to have pulled the trigger. Other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground. TV footage showed several people punching, kicking and stomping on the man when he was on the ground.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said the attacker tried to fire two shots but "most likely the gun misfired."

Police arrested him and took him to a hospital. It wasn't immediately clear if he sustained serious injuries, or how he got past security to enter the hall with nearly 3,000 people attending.

Eventually, the attacker was identified by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk, from the coastal city of Burgas. He was carrying the gas pistol and two knives. A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon used for self-defence, but experts say when fired from close range it can cause life-threatening injuries.

Interior Minister Tsvevtan Tsvetanov told journalists that the assailant had a criminal record for drugs possession, robberies and hooliganism.

The liberal MRF party mainly represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who make up 12 per cent of its 7.3-million population.

The conference had to elect a new leader to succeed Dogan, who is one of the Balkan country's most influential political figures. The 58-year-old has been at the helm of the party since founding it in 1990.

Lyutvi Mestan, who was expected to become the new party leader, said "the true reason for the assault was the language of hatred and confrontation."

Saturday's assault was the gravest attack on a politician in post-communist Bulgaria after the 1996 killing of ex-prime Minister Andrei Lukanov.

The German government's human rights commissioner, Markus Loening, was at the party caucus in Sofia on Saturday, and witnessed the incident, the German Foreign Ministry said. "I am very happy that Ahmed Dogan was not injured," Loening said in a statement. "Political violence must never again gain a foothold in Europe."


Those Bulgarian politicians are badass....
The Youtube video doesn't feel like being embedded, it seems, but here's the link.

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Offline Porforis  
#2 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 4:06:02 PM(UTC)
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He's carrying a gas gun which would be lucky to pierce the skull at short range and extremely, extremely lucky to actually kill him. Also, he just kind of stands there, gets the gun slapped aside, staggers back without much effort to re-train the gun on the dude. Either the worst, mentally unstable assassin ever or just a political statement with no intent to ever harm him.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 4:12:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Porforis Go to Quoted Post
He's carrying a gas gun which would be lucky to pierce the skull at short range and extremely, extremely lucky to actually kill him. Also, he just kind of stands there, gets the gun slapped aside, staggers back without much effort to re-train the gun on the dude. Either the worst, mentally unstable assassin ever or just a political statement with no intent to ever harm him.


I'm sure the guy was confused/stunned when he pulled the trigger and nothing happened. It's enough to make anyone pause.
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#4 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 4:25:49 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Porforis Go to Quoted Post
He's carrying a gas gun which would be lucky to pierce the skull at short range and extremely, extremely lucky to actually kill him. Also, he just kind of stands there, gets the gun slapped aside, staggers back without much effort to re-train the gun on the dude. Either the worst, mentally unstable assassin ever or just a political statement with no intent to ever harm him.


True. I'm not really sure what's the intention was. Maybe he figured he had a shot if he got close enough. I mean, normally you wouldn't run up to a guy to assasinate him. You could get a pretty clear shot from a bit further out.

That said, there are some theories spreading throughout the inter. One states that the guy was actually hired and this was as muchg a publicity stunt as anything else. Seems a little far fetched, but crazier things have happened.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 9:50:08 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Rockmolder Go to Quoted Post
True. I'm not really sure what's the intention was. Maybe he figured he had a shot if he got close enough. I mean, normally you wouldn't run up to a guy to assasinate him. You could get a pretty clear shot from a bit further out.

That said, there are some theories spreading throughout the inter. One states that the guy was actually hired and this was as muchg a publicity stunt as anything else. Seems a little far fetched, but crazier things have happened.


He must have gotten paid pretty well for the ass kicking that was handed to him.

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Offline dfosterf  
#6 Posted : Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:17:50 PM(UTC)
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As a killer, he looked like had him cold, just weird weapon thing. I don't even know what a friggin' gas pistol is. We talkin' bb gun here?

lends credence to the concept that he wasn't trying to dust him in the 1st place.
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Offline Rockmolder  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 21, 2013 3:38:25 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bigbyfan Go to Quoted Post
He must have gotten paid pretty well for the ass kicking that was handed to him.



I'd assume that, if that theory were true, not everyone in the room would be in on it.
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