North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Taylor was killed in an apparent insider attack after a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire at a base in Kabul where foreign troops provide training to Afghan forces. The attacker was then killed by Afghan forces. The injured individual was medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, where they are in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.
US officials added that the incident is under investigation. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton of the Utah National Guard plan to speak with reporters at noon Sunday local time at the state Guard's headquarters, FOX 13 reported.
Mayor Brent Taylor was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson.
The unexpected death of Taylor, who was months from finishing his tour and is survived by seven children and his wife Jennie, drew an outpouring of grief in Utah and on social media late Saturday.
The Tribune reported that on the day of his deployment in mid-January, North Ogden police escorted Taylor and his family around town as hundreds of residents lined the streets to see him off.More news: Pakistan shuts phone networks as anti-blasphemy protests spread
"Devastating news", Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote in a statement.
The attacker was reportedly posing as a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which USA officials have hoped can take over battling terror groups in the region in the coming years. Another soldier from the SFAB was killed in July, also in an insider attack.
North Ogden is a city of 17,000 people north of Salt Lake City. "His service to his community is going to be remembered forever".
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in September that training and vetting of Afghan forces was being stepped up to minimize such attacks, and that some training and advisory operations have been scaled back while security is assessed.
Taylor, a graduate of Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, served 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on active duty.
His most recent Facebook post was about the recent elections in Afghanistan.