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American Killed in Andaman by Endangered Tribe Local police said they have arrested seven people in connection with the murder

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AN AMERICAN man has been killed by members of an endangered tribe in India’s remote Andaman Islands, police officials said on Wednesday.

John Allen Chau, a tourist, “was killed by unidentified persons in North Sentinel Island, Andaman. A case of murder has been registered by Police”, news agency ANI reported.

The North Sentinel Island is inhabited by the fiercely reclusive Sentinelese, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who in 2006 had killed two men who were illegally fishing near their island.

Andaman Sheekha, a local news website, reported that Chau, 27, had hired a fishing dinghy and with the help of some fishermen, reached close to the Island on Nov.16, from where he travelled in his own canoe.

He was killed by the hostile tribes and his body was spotted by some fishermen, the site reported.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. consulate in Chennai told Reuters “when a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts”.

Local police said they have arrested seven people in connection with the murder.

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