Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan serving with the National Guard
Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan serving with the National Guard
Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another
04 November, 2018, 23:41
A National Guard officer was killed and two US service member was wounded in the latest insider attack against American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Initial reports indicate that the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the "green-on-blue" attack - in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on global soldiers with whom they are working.
It said the incident was being investigated and the wounded service member was in a stable condition, but did not release the identity of the service member who had been killed.
USA officials added that the incident is under investigation. Gen. Jefferson Burton, the adjutant general, in a statement.
Herbert scheduled a Sunday news conference with Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed in the attack.
The death of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah National Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who posted a tribute on Facebook.
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A GoFundMe page to support his wife, Jennie, and their children has already raised more than $130,000. When he was elected to the City Council of North Ogden in 2009, and became mayor in 2013, he was determined to bring the booming economic growth that was happening in other parts of Utah to his town, which he felt had untapped potential at that time.
The attacker was reportedly posing as a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which US officials have hoped can take over battling terror groups in the region in the coming years.
When he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan in January, he announced that he would take a one year leave of absence as mayor. It ended with an Afghan commando dead, although Rahimi declined to comment on whether this commando was a suspect in the killing.
His most recent Facebook post was about the recent elections in Afghanistan. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".
"What we do for our country is very unsafe business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.
Taylor had left his position in North Ogden, a city of around 17,000 people about 45 miles (70 km) north of Salt Lake City, earlier this year to serve in Afghanistan.
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