DRAMATIC VIDEO HAS captured the moment that a Turkish-Bulgarian politician was the subject of a botched assassination attempt in Sofia earlier today.
The video shows a man jumping on stage and pointing a gun at the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), Ahmet Dogan, as he was giving a speech during a party congress in the Bulgarian capital.
The gun appears to jam as the would-be assailant attempts to fire it before security guards jump in and drag the man to the ground, beating and kicking the attacker.
(Warning: viewers may find some of the content of this footage disturbing and/or upsetting)
Dogan has led MRF for the last 25 years. The centrist party represents ethnic Turks and Muslims which make up about 12 per cent of Bulgaria’s over 7 million population, according to World Bulletin.