Leaders of a US Navy SEAL team deployed to Africa have been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a report.
The SEAL team’s commander and the senior enlisted adviser have been relieved of their duties and sent back to the United States while the allegations are being investigated, CNN reported.
“Special Operations Command Africa commander Maj. Gen. Mark Hicks suspended the Special Operations Command Forward – East Africa commander and senior enlisted adviser of their duties on May 10 due to allegations of misconduct,” Maj. Casey Osborne, a spokesman for Special Operations Command Africa, told the network.
Many of the Navy SEALs in East Africa conduct operations in Somalia, supposedly advising local forces combating al-Shabab militants.
News of the investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct comes as Special Operations Forces in Africa have come under intense scrutiny over the past months.
US Africa Command,…