Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mayor of Utah city killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Mayor of Utah city killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

This latest attack is now under investigation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said, adding that additional information would be released as appropriate.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the "green-on-blue" attack - in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on global soldiers with whom they are working.

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

Herbert said he planned to hold a news conference Sunday afternoon to give additional details. Gen. Jefferson Burton, the adjutant general, in a statement.

Mayor Brent Taylor was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson.

Afghan policemen keep watch following an air strike from an Afghan military helicopter during ongoing clashes between Afghan security forces and militants near the Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul on August 21, 2018.

The name of the deceased service member will be released 24 hours after their next of kin has been notified.

In a Facebook post in January, soon after his deployment, Taylor described what serving as a mayor and as a Guardsmen meant to him.

One US service member was killed and another was wounded in an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Saturday, Resolute Support (RS) confirmed. Another U.S. service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack, American military officials said.

"Initial reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", the mission said in a statement. Taylor was elected to the city council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.

Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children, and a town that grieves their popular mayor. "I will be assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion". Taylor, an officer in the National Guard, previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook. "His service will always be remembered".

"I hate this", Cox wrote.

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