Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan in suspected 'insider attack'

Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan in suspected 'insider attack'

Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan in suspected 'insider attack'

RS also said the incident was under investigation.

Lee wrote, "Utahns who never had the privilege of meeting Brent will learn what kind of man North Ogden and the Taylor family have lost, and will join them in grieving his tragic loss".

Additional information will be released as appropriate, officials said.

"He approached everything and everyone with the idea that he would leave them better than he found them", said Jonathon Call, a North Ogden resident now deployed to Kuwait with the Utah National Guard.

This year, at least three United States military personnel have been killed in "green-on-blue" attacks.

The attack took place Saturday at the expansive Kabul Military Training Center, located on the outskirts of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Authorities say the mayor of a Utah city has been killed during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard.

Taylor, 39, was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and a father of seven, was killed in action Saturday while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard, officials confirmed.

The two US service members were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield.

The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan partner forces, according to reports received by USFOR-A.

"I hate this. I'm struggling for words", Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox posted Saturday. "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers". It ended with an Afghan commando dead, although Rahimi declined to comment on whether this commando was a suspect in the killing.

Taylor had left his position in North Ogden, a city of around 17,000 people about 45 miles (70 km) north of Salt Lake City, earlier this year to serve in Afghanistan.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said in September that training and vetting of Afghan forces was being stepped up to minimise insider attacks and some training and advisory operations have been scaled back while security is assessed.

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

"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.

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