Navy SEALs investigated over strangling death of US Green Beret in Mali

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There have been no charges, but the two members of the SEAL Team 6 - the famous counterterror unit that killed Usama Bin Laden in 2011 - were flown out of Mali and placed on administrative leave, The Times reported.

Two elite members of the US Navy are being investigated for murder after a 34-year-old special forces serviceman was found dead in Mali in June, officials have told US media.

Two members of SEAL Team Six are reportedly being investigated over the suspicious death of an Army Green Beret officer who was allegedly found strangled in Mali in June, according to USA media.

Military officials say that Melgar's death was ruled as a homicide.

The Green Beret soldier was in Mali on a mission to provide intelligence about the Islamic militants to the U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee in the country and protect the staff against possible attacks, the Times reported.

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"NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations", Ed Buice, the agency's spokesman, told the Times in an email.

"Investigators are looking into Melgar's suspected asphyxiation", ABC News reports.

United States special forces have been actively engaged in Mali since February 2013, when President Barack Obama deployed American troops to Niger to set up a drone base to help the French battle Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in Mali. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service, who took over the probe from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command on September 25, aren't saying anything.

Melgar was found dead at a USA government compound in the country Mali in June.