Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

US Navy Seals 'investigated for murder over Mali army death'

Almost five months after a 34-year-old Army Green Beret was strangled to death in his embassy housing in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials say investigators are looking into whether two members of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 are involved.

Military officials told CNN that a military examiner ruled Melgar's death while on assignment in the African nation of Mali as a homicide.

Melgar, a 34-year-old veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan, was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared in the Malian capital, Bamako, with several other Special Operations forces.

There are no charges in Melgar's death, but his superiors suspected foul play immediately and sent an investigator to Mali.

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The spokesman, Ed Buice of Naval Criminal Investigative Services, identified the soldier as Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.

A USA official told CNN jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Army investigation service to the Navy in September. The SEALs were originally classified as "witnesses", but that designation was changed to "persons of interest".

The circumstances of Melgar's death have been under wraps for months (due to the ongoing investigation by NCIS), but the two SEALs in question were quickly placed on leave following the incident.

The ambush in Niger that killed 4 USA soldiers, two of which being Green Berets, is still under investigation.

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