Navy SEALs investigated in Green Beret's death

Navy SEALs investigated in Green Beret's death

Navy SEALs investigated in Green Beret's death

The New York Times reports that Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, 34, was strangled to death in embassy housing he shared with other Special Operations forces in Bamako on June 4.

But, according to a New York Times report, officials have been investigating the death of another Green Beret in Mali this June, which has been ruled a homicide. After working the case for months, the Army handed the case off to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Times said.

"The soldier's superiors in Stuttgart, Germany, nearly immediately suspected foul play, and dispatched an investigating officer to the scene within 24 hours", military officials told the New York Times.

The two Navy SEALs, who have not been identified, were flown out of Mali soon after the episode and were placed on administrative leave.

A USA official told CNN jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Army investigation service to the Navy in September. Their status shifted from "witnesses" to "persons of interest" with two now formally becoming suspects in the murder. They were described as "military officials briefed on the autopsy results".

The revelations about Melgar's death come as four American soldiers were killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger, African. Gunmen attacked a luxury resort in Mali the same month Melgar died, and in August there were two separate attacks on United Nations missions there.

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