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General News of Monday, 30 August 2021


Robbers suspected to have killed international journalist arrested

The late Syed Taalay Ahmed The late Syed Taalay Ahmed

Four persons are currently in police custody for their alleged involvement in some robbery and murder cases on the Kintampo-Buipe-Tamale highway.

The four – Saaju Bukari, Bertor Saabi, Ali Amadi and Isaad Seidu – were arrested following an intelligence-led operation conducted by the Special Anti-Robbery Task Force.

The operation also resulted in the killing of two robbers after they exchanged gunshots with the Police Intelligence and Operational Teams.

“Preliminary investigations suggest that these suspects were behind many robberies including the killing of an international journalist some days ago,” a statement issued by the police on Sunday, August 29 said.

Syed Taalay Ahmed of London-based MTA News met his untimely death on Monday, August 23 after the bus he was traveling in, together with another victim Omaru Abdul Hakim, was attacked by robbers.

They were joined by the driver of their Toyota Hiace with registration number GT 7405-16 to the Buipe Policlinic. However, due to the severity of the injuries, they were all transferred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital, where Taalay was pronounced dead.

The police said they have instituted “rigorous” measures to effectively combat series of crimes that have plagues the area over the past few years.

Items retrieved by the police are two locally manufactured pistols and live cartridges, machetes, bayonets, pepper spray cans and stun guns.

“Some suspected stolen items were retrieved and they include mobile phones and motorbikes.”