The mayor of a Utah city in the western US was killed during an attack in Afghanistan while serving with the state’s National Guard, media reports said on Sunday.
North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, above (Image: Facebook), died on Saturday in an apparent ‘insider attack’ in Kabul.
The killer was said to be a member of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. He was immediately gunned down by Afghan forces.
One member of the National Guard was killed and another is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack.
The attack comes soon after the US military retreated to a safer position following rumours of potential attacks after the killing of Kandahar police chief
Gen Abdul Raziq last month.
During that attack, top American and NATO commander Gen Austin Scott Miller had a narrow escape as he was standing near Raziq.
Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote on his Facebook page that Utah weeps for Taylor’s wife Jennie and their seven children.
In his tweet, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch described Taylor was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend adding that his service will always be remembered.
Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for a 12-month tour of duty.
In his last Facebook post, Taylor shared pictures of Afghans voting on Oct 28 defying the threats of Taliban. He urged fellow Americans to vote in the mid-term elections on Tuesday.
Taylor became mayor of North Ogden in 2013.
More than 2,400 Americans have been killed in the 17-year-old Afghan war.