A 31-year-old British journalist has been shot dead in Ghana where he had flown to film a documentary.
Syed Taalay Ahmed, who worked for the London-based Muslim TV channel MTA International, was killed in an armed robbery on his vehicle while returning from a filming session at about 7pm local time on Monday 23 August.
He died despite being rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
A local Ghanian colleague, Umaru Abdul Hakim, was also shot but was being treated in hospital. Their driver was not injured.
Ahmed, who grew up in Hartlepool and completed a Masters in Journalism at Sunderland University, is survived by his wife, two young children, parents and siblings.
MTA News described Ahmed as a âdevoted and sincereâ¦ and much-loved memberâ of its team who âproduced a series of faith-inspiring documentaries and programmes.
âWe will miss him every day and strive to build up on the great work he did,â it said.
A colleague of his at MTA International in London, Asif M Basit,Â wroteÂ that he was âan extremely sincere, honest, hardworking and a selflessâ member of the team.
Ahmed was described in a separate press release issued by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community as a âbright and creative journalist who worked on a number of documentaries ranging from football to faithâ. In 2017 he directed a documentaryÂ about the history of the Ahmadiyyat Muslim community in Hartlepool.Â He also worked on the MTA programme This Week With Huzoor.
His body is being flown back to the UK on Wednesday (1 September).
According to local reports Ahmed and Hakim were in the northern region of Ghana, travelling from Tamale to the capital city of Accra, when armed men emerged from the bush and opened fire on their vehicle, deflating tyres and forcing it to a halt.
A police report quoted by the Ghanian news websiteÂ Citi NewsroomÂ said that âsome 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 [an] unspecified amount of money and fled.â
The police later caught up with the suspects,Â killing twoÂ in a shoot-out and arresting a further four, according to local reports. The police said the suspects were believed to have been involved in other robberies.
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.
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