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Utah mayor who served in Army National Guard killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

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by Michelle Tan

The U.S. service member killed Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan has been identified as Maj. Brent Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard soldier who also served as the mayor of North Ogden, Utah.

Another soldier was wounded in the same attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. That soldier was reported to be in stable condition after receiving medical treatment at Bagram Airfield.

Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Saturday morning.

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

The incident is under investigation.

“We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor,” according to a statement on the North Ogden City Facebook page. “Our hearts and thoughts go to Jennie, their children, and other family members as they deal with this tragic loss. We love them and hope they will feel the love and support of all of us in North Ogden.”

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.

“He was the best of men with the ability to see potential and possibility in everything around him,” according to the post. “We feel blessed to have had him as our mayor.”

Taylor deployed in January as part of an advisory team to train members of an Afghan commando battalion, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. He often posted updates on Facebook of the work he was doing with the Afghan soldiers, the newspaper reported.

Read more: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/11/04/utah-mayor-who-served-in-army-national-guard-killed-in-insider-attack-in-afghanistan