United States national killed in Andaman Islands for illegally entering Sentinelese tribe area

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the murder

NEW DELHI-An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, police said on November 21.

Seven fishermen who took John Allen Chau to the island have been arrested.

The local media quoting unconfirmed source reported that that the American National had gone to North Sentinel Island with a local fisherman almost five days back to interact with Sentinelese tribes, where he was killed by the hostile tribes of Sentinel Islands.

"A murder case has been registered", one of the officers told Reuters. "The government has to protect them", Viswanathan said.

The local police are now investigating and a case of murder had been registered, said the report. They have lived on North Sentinel, a forested island around the size of Manhattan, for around 55,000 years. "They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the seashore", news agency AFP quoted sources as saying.

A community of hunter-gatherers who live in one of the islands in remote Andaman and Nicobar chain have killed an American tourist.

"Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment", the spokesperson said.

The Sentinelese are considered some of the most isolated people from modern civilization. The Sentinelese are an indigenous tribe living on the North Sentinel Island.

Local media have reported that the U.S. national was a missionary who wanted to meet the tribe to preach Christianity to them.

This aerial photograph taken on September 22, 2018, shows Boat Island in the Andaman Islands, a remote Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

The Sentinelese are considered as sovereign people by the Indian government.

According to Andaman Sheekha newspaper, the victim had visited Islands five times in past and had a strong desire to meet Sentinelese Tribes for preaching Christianity.

Indian media reports said the American was on an adventure trip when his body was discovered by a fisherman.

As a protected island, even the Indian navy isn't allowed to interact with its inhabitants. Tribespeople killed two Indian fishermen in 2006 when their boat broke loose and drifted to shore.

According to NDTV, on reaching Port Blair the fishermen alerted a Chau's friend Alex, a local preacher who informed his family in US. The tribal people reportedly fired arrows at helicopters sent to retrieve the bodies.

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