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

Navy criminal investigators are reportedly probing whether two Navy SEALs strangled to death an Army Green Beret in Mali.

Melgar's death was declared a homicide by a military medical examiner and the Army's Criminal Investigation Command launched a probe into the sergeant's death.

Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, 34, was found dead in the U.S. government compound he shared with other Special Operations forces in the Malian capital, Bamako.

The two SEALS under suspicion were involved in an altercation with him, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. At the time of his death, the Green Beret officer was sharing an apartment with other special force members.

Ed Buice, a spokesman for NCIS, confirmed its role in the probe, saying the agency took over in late September.

"Investigators are looking into Melgar's suspected asphyxiation", ABC News reports. CID along with the U.S. Navy Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) placed two unidentified SEAL Team 6 members under observation, designated them as "persons of interest" in a homicide, and sent them back to the United States where the SEALs were put on administrative leave. Col. Robert Bockholt, said Melgar's death is under investigation, but he declined to release additional details.

Like in the case of Niger, special operators from the Army and Navy are deployed to Mali to assist local forces with training and counterterrorism projects. On October 4, a dozen soldiers from Melgar's unit and 30 Nigerien soldiers were ambushed by terrorists in Niger.