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US probes whether Navy Seal commandos strangled Green Beret colleague in Mali

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 10:36am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 10:36am

The US Navy is investigating whether two members of the elite Seal Team Six may have been involved in the death of an Army Green Beret in Mali in June, defence officials said on Sunday.

The United States has special operations forces stationed in Bamako, Mali’s capital, performing training and counterterrorism missions.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators suspected that Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar did not die from natural causes. Melgar, 34, had served two tours in Afghanistan and was found dead on June 4, the officials said.

The New York Times first reported on Melgar’s death, citing unnamed military officials saying his death was caused by strangulation.

Defence officials said the investigation was looking into whether the Navy Seals might have played a role in his death.

Attention has turned to US military operations in Africa after four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in neighbouring Niger earlier this month.

A representative for the US Africa Command did not immediately respond to a request for comment.