ahmed dogan*They say a picture can tell a thousand words

If that’s the case, the photo above of Ahmed Dogan, leader of Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party with a gun to his head speaks volumes.

According to a Sofia Globe report, Dogan was assaulted on January 19 as he was delivering a speech to delegates at a party conference at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia. The assailant held a gun to Dogan’s head but the gun appeared to be stuck and was unable to take a shot.

Dogan appeared to knock his assailant’s hand away before the two men fell to the ground. The assailant was subdued by security personnel and party delegates – footage by Bulgarian TV station showed that the man was attacked repeatedly by delegates and he appeared bloody when taken outside NDK to a nearby police station. (Scroll down to watch the raw footage.)

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the 25-year-old assailant was from Bourgas, with two prior convictions for causing bodily harm in 2006 and drug possession in 2010. Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, speaking to reporters outside NDK, later identified him as Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk.

An investigation was underway, Tsvetanov said, with Sofia city prosecutor Nikolai Kokinov on site. Security also found a knife on the assailant.

Get more of this story at Sofia Globe.

Watch the dramatic, heart-stopping raw footage of the assault: