Two Navy Seals suspected of strangling USA soldier

The Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina wait at Raleigh Durham Airport in June to escort Staff Sergeant Melgar

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. At the time of his death, the Green Beret officer was sharing an apartment with other special force members.

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

The circumstances of Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melga'rs death has been under wraps for several months due to an investigation by the NCIS, but two Seals in question were quickly placed on leave after the military officials concluded Melgar died by strangulation. No further details of the investigation have been released.

The Times reported the two commandos were initially described as "witnesses" but later reclassified as "persons of interest" as authorities continue investigating the homicide and what role the two SEALs might have played in Melgar's death.

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

Melgar was a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan.

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. Agents from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command spent months on the case before handing it off last month to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He was on assignment for counterterrorism and training. Hundreds of USA special operations troops are stationed across West Africa, largely to train local troops in anti-terrorism operations.

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