Utah mayor killed during military service in Afghanistan

Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another

The US serviceman killed in an insider attack in Kabul is identified as Brent Taylor, a mayor from Utah.

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor has died while serving in the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan, North Ogden officials say.

Maj. Brent R. Taylor, 39, from Provo, Utah, in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army National Guard.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taylor told his constituents, "Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlight of my civilian professional career".

"I hate this. I'm struggling for words.This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation".

"The entire Herbert family mourns with this soldier's family and we pray that their burdens may be lifted, and that the hearts of all Utahns will reach out to comfort them in their grief", the governor added.

The site went on to describe the "profound influence" Taylor had on the community, a city of more than 17,000 people about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City.

The attack wounded another U.S. service member.

Initial reports indicate that the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

"Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces".

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Taylor regularly posted on a Facebook page he had created for residents to communicate with him following his election past year, residents said. "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers".

'I am proud of the courageous Afghan and USA soldiers I serve with.

Taylor served two tours in Iraq and was on his second tour in Afghanistan.

He said Taylor and others were taking part in some sort of foot patrol when Saturday's incident occurred.

Taylor, who joined the service in 2003, had insurance, Burton said, and will also receive the aid of a "casualty assistance officer".

His last Facebook post, on October 28, highlighted a successful election in Afghanistan.

'And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us.

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of a Utah National Guard service member in an apparent insider attack in Kabul, Nov. 3, 2018. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

The flags at North Ogden City Hall "are at half-staff and the City Council is meeting (Monday) night to discuss additional options for ways to honor Mayor Taylor", Call said in an email.

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