The robbers stole cash and mobile phones
A British journalist who had been working in Ghana was killed during an armed robbery.
Syed Taalay Ahmed, aged 31, and his colleague, Umaru Abdul Hakim, were ambushed in their vehicle.
The incident occurred around 7 pm local time on Monday, August 23, 2021, according to The Guardian.
Ahmed and Hakim had been travelling from the northern state of Accra when they were ambushed near the town of Tamale.
Local reports say that armed men emerged from the bushland and opened fire on their Toyota vehicle.
The robbers stole cash and mobile phones and shot at both of the men during the violent assault.
Ahmed was rushed to Tamale University Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Hakim survived the shooting. The driver of the vehicle was left uninjured.
Ahmed had been working for Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) since 2016.
The British journalist and his colleague had been on their way home from a shoot that night.
They had been filming a faith-based documentary for the television channel while in Ghana.
In a statement, MTA said: “As many are now aware, earlier this week a most devoted and sincere member of our MTA News team, Syed Taalay Ahmed sahib, lost his life whilst travelling abroad in Ghana on duty in the service of Islam.
“He was a much-loved member of the MTA team and produced a series of faith-inspiring documentaries and programmes.
“We will miss him every day and strive to build up on the great work he did.”
A fan of cricket and football, the journalist was also a member of the Hartlepool cricket team.
Former teammate, Chris Smith said:
“Off the field, Taalay always seemed to be filled with life and joy.
“He had an infectious smile, and was always happy to chat with anyone about pretty much anything, all the while keeping an eye on the cricket.”
Two men involved in the deadly armed robbery were killed by officers during an exchange of gunfire in the following days.
The other four were arrested, according to Ghana Police.
Ahmed is survived by his wife, two children, parents and siblings. His body was repatriated to the UK.
MTA added: “We humbly request for prayers for his family and close ones that may Allah grant them patience during this difficult time.”