Navy investigating two SEALs in connection with death of Green Beret

Two members of the U.S. Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 are being investigated in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret in Mali, according to reports Sunday.

The cause is listed as homicide, two US military officials familiar with the case told The Washington Post on Sunday.

The service members were assigned to the West African nation to help with training and counterterrorism missions.

Melgar's superiors in Germany suspected foul play and immediately sent an investigator to the scene, the newspaper reported. Right now, there are no charges, and the two SEALs, who have not been identified, are being described as "persons of interest".

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NCIS did not divulge details of the investigation or provide theories on why Melgar was killed. The two SEALs in question were flown out of Mali shortly after Melgar's death and were placed on administrative leave.

The report of the mysterious death and resulting homicide investigation comes as the U.S. undergoes heightened scrutiny about its military role Africa following the death of four USA service members in Niger earlier this month.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command examined the circumstances around the 34-year-old Melgar's death for months and then turned it over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

"I have no info on his cause and manner of death", Buice said, adding that the agency does not discuss details of ongoing investigations.

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