Taalay Ahmed, a journalist with Muslim TV (MTA International), was killed in a robbery strike on a car he was traveling in on the Tamale-Buipe route earlier this week.
According to a police report from the Northern Regional Command, Taalay Ahmed and another victim, Omaru Abdul Hakim, were attacked on the Buipe-Tamale Highway between Mpaha Junction and Sarikyekura.
After finishing some documentary work in the north, Rahman Baa was driving a Toyota Hiace with the registration number GT 7405-16 on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 at around 6:50pm, according to reports.
“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 vehicle’s 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 armed men then robbed them of their mobile phones and unspecified amount of money and fled,” the police report said.
According to the police, a patrol squad was called to the location, but when they arrived, the thieves had already fled into the jungle, leaving the victims there.
“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 Amed was pronounced dead,” the police noted.
The deceased’s body has been deposited at the Tamale Hospital morgue to be preserved and autopsied.
Ahmed’s news agency hailed him as a “very committed and sincere member of our MTA News team” who “lost his life while traveling overseas in Ghana on duty in the cause of Islam,” according to a tweet from the group.