USA tourist killed by Indian tribe in Andaman islands, 7 held

USA tourist killed by Indian tribe in Andaman islands, 7 held

USA tourist killed by Indian tribe in Andaman islands, 7 held

Between 1970-96, Indian authorities and even a National Geographic documentary team attempted trips to the North Sentinel island to befriend the tribe.

More recently in 2006, two fishermen illegally fishing in the area were caught by the Sentinelese and killed. The police have arrested seven people in the connection of John Allen Chau.

According to a report published in a newspaper in Port Blair, Chau had visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands five times earlier too.

Chau was attacked with bows and arrows after he landed on the island on November 16, the fishermen told the police.

Image: The Sentinelese live among the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body. Believed to number between 50 and 150 people, the Sentinelese have lived in isolation for roughly 60,000 years. The island is inhabited by one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world. The tribe is an endangered community with a population of around 40 (2011 Census Data) and are known to resist contact with the outside world.

Though multiple reports describe Chau as an "adventure tourist", BBC reports that local media has described him as a missionary.


An American missionary was shot dead by an indigenous tribe on a remote Indian island.

North Sentinel is one of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, hundreds of miles off mainland India's southeast coast.

"The investigation in this matter is on", senior police officer Deepak Yadav said, according to the Telegraph. In 1967, the Indian government began a few expeditions to learn about the tribe, but was unsuccessful as the members had disappeared as soon as they saw outsiders on their land.

Taking videos of the Sentinelese people is prohibited. He was killed by the tribe at North Sentinel Island.

They were filmed firing arrows at a helicopter back in 2004 and killed two fishermen who drifted accidentally into their waters in 200.

Kathleen Hosie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, the capital of southern Tamil Nadu state, said it was aware of reports concerning an American in the islands. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when rescuers flew overhead to check for survivors their helicopter was repelled by repeated volleys of arrows from the tribespeople, widely considered 'the most unsafe tribe in the world'.

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