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Two US Navy SEAL leaders suspended in Africa over 'sexual misconduct'

IANS  |  Washington 

Two senior leaders of a US Navy SEAL team deployed to have been relieved of their duties and sent home over allegations, officials said.

"Special Operations Command Maj. Gen. suspended the Special Operations Command Forward -- East and senior enlisted of their duties on May 10 due to allegations of misconduct," Maj. Casey Osborne, a for Special Operations Command Africa, told on Friday.

Gen. Hicks directed both individuals to return to their home station for further adjudication regarding the allegations, Osborne said.

One of the two senior leaders was accused of inappropriately touching a female service member while both face allegations of sexual harassment.

Even though the two were sent back to the US, they remained in their positions while the looks into the allegations.

Many of the US Navy SEALs in conduct operations in where they advise Somali forces battling Al-Shabaab, the local affiliate of Al Qaeda.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 18:36 IST