The Navy is investigating whether or not two members of the Navy’s SEAL Group Six killed an Military Inexperienced Beret in June, The New York Occasions reported Sunday.
Naval Felony Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice confirmed to CNN the NCIS investigation into the demise of Military Employees Sgt. Logan J. Melgar.
The Occasions, citing army officers, stated a army examiner dominated Melgar’s demise whereas on task was murder by strangulation and that two SEALs have been flown out of Mali after the dying and positioned on administrative depart.
A U.S. official advised CNN jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Military investigation service to the Navy in September. The official stated the switch of jurisdiction signifies that Navy personnel are topics of the investigation.
Murder is listed within the army coroner’s report, a army official informed CNN. Melgar’s spouse has been notified her husband’s method of dying was a murder, the official stated.
The report of the mysterious dying and ensuing murder investigation comes because the US undergoes heightened scrutiny about its army position Africa following the dying of 4 US service members in Niger earlier this month.
Melgar was a member of the third Particular Forces Group, which is the first unit liable for Military particular operations in northwest Africa, together with Mali and Niger. The 4 American troopers killed in Niger earlier this month have been a part of the identical group.
Some Senate leaders expressed shock concerning the extent of U.S. army operations, renewing the talk over the authority for the USA’ sprawling warfare on terror.
Amid rising questions on what went mistaken through the lethal mission, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, Gen. Joseph Dunford, stated the U.S. forces are in “about fifty three totally different nations” in Africa.
Like neighboring Niger, Mali has confronted vital, lethal extremism. Gunmen attacked a luxurious resort in Mali the identical month Melgar died, and in August there have been two separate assaults on United Nations missions there.