American Missionary Killed By Protected Tribesmen On Remote Island
- John Chau was killed as soon as he set foot on the remote North Sentinel Island
- The island’s indigenous people live cut off completely from the outside world
- Chau took a boat ride with local fishermen before venturing to the island alone
- Contact with several tribes on Andaman islands in the Indian Ocean is illegal
An American missionary was killed with arrows shot by protected tribesmen living on a remote Indian island after he arrived there in a bid to convert them to Christianity.
John Allen Chau, 27, of Vancouver, Washington, paid local fishermen to help him get to North Sentinel Island, one of the world’s most isolated regions in India’s Andaman islands.
Chau took a boat ride with the fishermen before venturing alone in a canoe to where the indigenous people live cut off completely from the outside world.
As soon as he set foot on the island, which is off-limits to visitors, Chau found himself facing a flurry of arrows, official sources said.
The fishermen saw the tribe tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body away.
But the Sentinelese who killed Chau can’t be prosecuted as contact with them and several tribes on the islands is illegal in a bid to protect their indigenous way of life and shield them from diseases.