American killed by isolated tribe on no-go Indian island
An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, Indian police said on Wednesday.
Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating the American's visit to North Sentinel Island, where the killing apparently occurred. Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government.
The Sentinelese people live on the small forested island and are known to resist all contact with outsiders, often attacking anyone who comes near. North Sentinel is in the Andaman Islands, a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
Indian media reports said the American was on an adventure trip to the islands and his body had been spotted by the fishermen. Singh said police were in the process of recovering the body. Singh said the man was killed on Saturday. He declined to give any other details, saying he was investigating the case.
Kathleen Hosie, spokeswoman for the US Consulate in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, said it was aware of reports concerning an American in the islands.
"When a US citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts," Hosie said. She said she could not comment further due to privacy considerations.