Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mayor of Utah City Killed During an Attack in Afghanistan

Mayor of Utah City Killed During an Attack in Afghanistan

The mayor of a small city in Utah was identified as the U.S. servicemember killed Saturday in the Afghan capital of Kabul in what the US-backed coalition called an apparent insider attack.

Taylor was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah in worldwide relations after receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the Unifersity of Utah.

"North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed today while serving in Afghanistan", Cox wrote on his Facebook page. The wounded service member, whose injuries were not described, remains there receiving medical treatment, and is in stable condition, officials said. I love Mayor Taylor, his incredible wife Jennie and his seven sweet kids.

A statement from a spokeswoman for the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support says the attacker was a member of the Afghan security forces and that initial reports indicate the assailant was immediately killed by other Afghan forces. "I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the hard days ahead". "We must rally around his family".

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U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and the state's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, confirmed Taylor's death. He had been deployed in January this year and was serving as an intelligence officer who was training Afghan forces.

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. "Things are going great, and I absolutely love the dedicated U.S. and Afghan soldiers I serve with every day".

In another insider attack last month, an assassination that killed the head of the police in Kandahar province and the local intelligence chief, a USA general was shot.

Afghan security officials stand guard on a road as security has been intensified a day after a Taliban militant killed General Abdul Razzaq Dawood, an Afghan Police commander, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2018.

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