very dramatic video and we want to warn you some viewers may find this hard to watch. A failed assassination attempt that played out on stage in front of a large audience. A prominent political leader... See More
very dramatic video and we want to warn you some viewers may find this hard to watch. A failed assassination attempt that played out on stage in front of a large audience. A prominent political leader was speaking when he suddenly had a gun pointed at his face. What happened next may be pure luck. Abc's alex marquardt has the story. Reporter: The would-be assassin bounded across the stage raising his gun to shoot. He couldn't fire and was instantly thrown to the ground. Kicks and punches raining down. Others stood over the gas pistol. A self-defense weapon that can be deadly. It's still unclear why the 25-year-old bulgarian turkish man attacked ahmed dugan, longtime leader that represents bulgaria's turks and muslims. We're working on finding out everything about the attacker says the intear your minister. Sas were taken to see if there were drums in his system. Mystery how he got in. On top of the gun he had two knives, as well as a criminal background, the rest for drugs possession and robbery. He was anewsing his retirement when he was attacked. This morning the police say he's fine but many questions remain. For "good morning america," I'm alex marquardt in new york. Unbelievable video, that politician is very lucky. He is, indeed.
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