The mayor of a Utah metropolis was killed within the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an obvious insider assault, the state’s lieutenant governor stated.
The loss of life of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah Nationwide Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who posted a tribute on Fb.
“I hate this,” Cox wrote. “I’m struggling for phrases. I really like Mayor Taylor, his wonderful spouse Jennie and his 7 candy children.”
Taylor had left his place in North Ogden, a metropolis of round 17,000 folks about 70 km north of Salt Lake Metropolis, earlier this 12 months to serve in Afghanistan. It was his fourth deployment, based on The Deseret Information, a Utah newspaper.
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The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan stated in a press release on Saturday U.S. armed forces member was killed however didn’t establish him.
“Preliminary experiences point out the attacker was a member of the Afghan Nationwide Protection and Safety Forces. Preliminary experiences additionally point out the attacker was instantly killed by different Afghan Forces,” the mission stated in a press release.
The assault was the newest in a collection of “green-on-blue” incidents during which members of the Afghan forces have killed U.S. or coalition advisers this 12 months, and it adopted the loss of life of a Czech soldier within the western province of Herat final month.
U.S. Protection Secretary James Mattis stated in September that coaching and vetting of Afghan forces was being stepped as much as reduce such assaults, and that some coaching and advisory operations have been scaled again whereas safety is assessed.
Final month, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, Normal Scott Miller, escaped unharmed when the bodyguard of a provincial governor opened fireplace on a gaggle of U.S. and Afghan officers within the southern province of Kandahar.
Every week in the past, Taylor urged People to vote in Tuesday’s congressional elections, saying he hoped “whether or not the Republicans or the Democrats win, that all of us keep in mind that we’ve got way more as People that unites us than divides us.”