Armed robbers have killed a journalist with Muslim TV MTA International, Taalay Ahmed, in an attack on the Tamale-Buipe road in Ghana.
A report from the Northern Regional police command said Ahmed and another victim, Omaru Abdul Hakim, were travelling on a Toyota Hiace with registration number GT 7405- 16 driven by one Rahman Baa, when the attack happened between Mpaha Junction and Sarikyekura on the Buipe-Tamale Highway on Monday, 23 August 2021, around 6:50 pm.
The journalist and his colleagues were on their way to Accra after doing a documentary in the northern part of Ghana.
The police said: “On reaching a section of the road at Sarikyekura, a number of armed men suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire at the vehicle, deflating some of the tyres in the process and forcing the vehicle to stop”.
“Some of the bullets penetrated the vehicle and hit the two, who sustained gunshot wounds in the process”, the police statement noted.
The police said the armed men then robbed the journalist and his crew of their mobile phones and an unspecified amount of money then fled into the bush.
“The victims were rushed to Buipe polyclinic by police for treatment and were later transferred to Tamale Teaching Hospital for further treatment, but on arrival, victim Taalay Ahmed was pronounced dead,” the police said.
The body has been deposited at the Tamale Hospital mortuary for preservation and autopsy.
MTA International tweeted and described Taalay Ahmed as a “most devoted and sincere member of our MTA News team,” who “lost his life while travelling abroad in Ghana on duty in the service of Islam.”