Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E) – Prosecutors have filed murder and attempted murder charges against a Malian fugitive for the shooting dead of an American diplomat and wounding of another by an accomplice in Niger in 2000.
The indictment on Alhassane Ould Mohamed, 42, was unsealed in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday and the FBI offered $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Mohamed gunned down William Bultemeier, a 51-year-old defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, to get the keys of his diplomatic car at a parking lot of a French restaurant in the Niger capital around 1 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2000. Bultemeier just came out from a farewell dinner thrown by colleagues at the La Cloche restaurant and was to fly home that day to spend Christmas with his family in North Carolina.
Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher McNeeley, who was at the scene at the time, tried to help Bultermeier but an accomplice of Mohamed shot him with an AK-47. The attackers then drove off with the diplomat’s SUV.
McNeeley was flown to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and treated of his wound. He survived.
Mohamed was arrested in Mali two days after the shooting but escaped from prison in 2002 before he could be charged. He was arrested and convicted in 2010 for the killing of four Saudi nationals in Niger but again escaped from prison in June.