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Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, is killed in attack

04 November 2018
Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, is killed in attack

A US service member was killed in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, the USA military in Kabul said Saturday.

Brent Taylor, had taken leave from his position to serve with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan and had been part of an advisory team training staff in an Afghan commando battalion in Kabul.

On Twitter, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, called Taylor "a hero to all of us".

But Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote on his Facebook page that Taylor has been killed.

"I hate this. I'm struggling for words.This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation". We must rally around his family. Taylor served on the North Ogden City Council starting in 2009, and became mayor in 2013, according to his biography on the city website. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton of the Utah National Guard plan to speak with reporters at noon Sunday local time at the state Guard's headquarters, FOX 13 reported.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both USA troops and Afghan security forces members.

Reports indicated the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and that the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan forces, the NATO-led Resolute Support coalition said.

It said initial reports indicate other Afghan Forces killed the attacker.

Taylor had temporarily stepped down as North Ogden's mayor during his deployment, which began in January of this year. I love Mayor Taylor, his wonderful wife Jennie and his seven sweet kids.

Taylor regularly posted on a Facebook page he had created for residents to communicate with him following his election a year ago, residents said.

Meanwhile, civilian deaths in Afghanistan keep rising.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. "And right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan".

Additional information will be released as appropriate, officials said. "His service will always be remembered". He had been deployed in January this year and was serving as an intelligence officer who was training Afghan forces.