Malian Man Indicted in 2000 Killing of U.S. Official

A Malian man was indicted in the killing of former U.S. Defense Department official William Bultemeier in Niger in December 2000, prosecutors said.

Alhassane Ould Mohamed, 42, was charged with the murder of Bultemeier and the attempted murder of now-retired U.S. Marine Corps officer Christopher McNeely, who was wounded in the incident, according to an indictment unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Mohamed, also known as Cheibani, and a co-conspirator stopped Bultemeier, McNeely and employees of the U.S. Embassy in Niger as they left a restaurant in December 2000, according to the indictment. Brandishing a pistol and AK-47 assault rifle, the men demanded that the embassy group hand over the keys to their diplomat-registered vehicle, the U.S. alleged.

Bultemeier and McNeely were shot in the exchange and Bultemeier later died of his wounds, according to the filing.

Mohamed was in custody in Niger and escaped from a prison there in June, according to prosecutors.

The U.S. “will work ceaselessly to bring those who harm our diplomats and military personnel to justice,” Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.

The case is U.S. v. Mohamed, 13-cr-527, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

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