Their vehicle was part of a military convoy that was heading to the northern side of Lake Chad, to where Chadian army positions had just been attacked by Islamist militants. Nangbatna was travelling with the convoy in order to be able to cover the aftermath of the attack.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of reporter-cameraman Obed Nangbatna’s death,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. “This tragic incident is a reminder of the sacrifices journalists have to make in order to cover war zones, often even putting their own lives in danger.”
Chad is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF's 2019 World Press Freedom Index.