Christian missionary killed by protected tribesmen on North Sentinel Island
“American missionary believed God had ‘called’ him to convert tribe that shot him dead with arrows and spent years planning to get to their remote island as Indian police work out how to retrieve body”
An American missionary believed he had been ‘called’ to convert the protected tribe who shot him dead with arrows when he arrived on their remote Indian island.
John Allen Chau, 27, paid local fishermen to help him get to North Sentinel Island, one of the world’s most isolated regions in India’s Andaman islands, last week.
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, authorities said.
As soon as he set foot on the island, which is off-limits to visitors, Chau found himself facing a flurry of arrows – but he kept walking.
The tribe then tied a rope around his neck and dragging his body away, according to the fishermen who helped him get there.
Indian police said a murder case had been registered against ‘unknown tribesmen’ and seven people – the fishermen who took him to the island – have been arrested in connection with the death.
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.
Now, a friend has revealed to DailyMail.com that Chau was ‘committed’ to travelling to the remote island, deep in the Indian Ocean, to preach Christianity to the tribesmen and had been planning the trip for at least three years.