Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, is killed in attack

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

A National Guard officer was killed and two USA service member was wounded in the latest insider attack against American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

"Major Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan this morning", he said on a Facebook page.

"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.

Taylor's death was confirmed by North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson, who spoke with FOX 13 Salt Lake City.

Calling Brent Taylor "a man of excellence", Utah National Guard Maj.

Taylor deployed in January as part of an advisory team to train members of an Afghan commando battalion, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Both U.S. service members were evacuated from the scene to Bagram Airfield.

"These reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", the statement said.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Burton were scheduled to speak to the media on Sunday afternoon. In their marriage, they had endured five years apart during four of Taylor's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he wrote. "Mayor Brent Taylor was the only person I personally knew who was able to share his deployment on social media".

His death was the latest in a series of so-called insider attacks - killings carried out by members of Afghan forces trained by USA and Coalition troops. "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be".

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

Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the USA to vote on Tuesday. When he deployed in January, several hundred North Ogden residents lined the streets to wish him a fond farewell, not knowing that they would never see their mayor again. "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".

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

The attack was the latest in a series of "green-on-blue" incidents in which members of the Afghan forces have killed USA or coalition advisers this year, and it followed the death of a Czech soldier in the western province of Herat last month.

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