UK journalist shot at Kintamp -another injured in armed robbery attack

A journalist from the London-based television channel, MTA International, was on August 23 killed by armed robbers on the Kintampo-Buipe highway.

Taalay Ahmed, who was attacked along with his other colleague, was in the country to work on a documentary.

The incident which happened at Mpaha Junction when the crew was traveling by road, also resulted in victims being robbed of their mobile phones and money.

Chief Inspector George Gyasi, Officer in-charge of the Buipe Police, in a statement, said the victim and his colleague, Umaru Abdul Hakim, were traveling on board a Toyota Hiace vehicle with registration number GT 7405 -16.

They were crossed by some armed men when they got to Mpaha, who opened fire on them, deflated their vehicle tyres which forced the vehicle to stop.

It said the police arrived at the scene to see the victims with gunshot wounds after some of the bullets penetrated the vehicle and hit the two victims.

“The victims were rushed to the Buipe Polyclinic for treatment and were later transferred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for further treatment,” the statement added

Meanwhile, two suspected armed robbers have been killed and four others arrested for their alleged involvement in some robberies and the murder case.

The two, Hamidu Umaru and Haadu were killed after exchanging gunshots with the police intelligence and operational team.

The four arrested suspects who are in custody assisting in investigations are Saaju Bukari, Bertor Saabi, Ali Amadu and Isaad Seidu.

The Director-General of the Police Public Affairs Department, Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP) Kwesi Ofori disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times in a telephone interview yesterday.

He said preliminary investigations revealed the suspects were behind many robberies including the killing of the international journalist some few days ago.

The Director General said the police administration had instituted some vigorous measures to effectively combat serious crimes that had plagued the area over the past few years.

ACP Ofori stated that similar intelligence-led operation have been employed in other regions.

He called on the public to collaborate with the police by providing reliable information to the police on suspected criminal activities for further action.

“Policing is a shared responsibility, therefore we entreat everyone to get involved for a safer and peaceful society,” he added.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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