Jaw Dropping

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This is what an assassination looks like.

Only this time the gun — put to the politician’s head at basically point blank range — misfired. And security (and seemingly a lot of adrenaline addled people) had a moment to wrestle him to the ground as the would-be assassin tried to reload or unjam the gun.

You have to see this video.

The intended victim is Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which derives its support from the country’s Muslim minority, who are mainly ethnic Turks.

The AP identifies the man as “Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk.”

The AP also adds that the weapon was a gas pistol, “a non-lethal weapon used for self-defense, but experts say when fired from close range it can cause life-threatening injuries.” So that raises a bit of a question about just what Enimehmedov’s intent was.

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