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RS also said the incident was under investigation. The attacker was promptly killed by other Afghan troops.

Brent Chugg, who temporarily took on the role of acting mayor of North Ogden while Taylor was deployed, said Taylor was a "great patriotic person" who had "a great love for his country".

"He is a heavy loss for us and he will be missed", said Burton, at a news conference held Sunday.

Taylor was assigned to Utah Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Draper, Utah. Taylor resigned from the mayor's office before he went overseas, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden reported. In a press release, the Utah National Guard said an unnamed guardsman was killed in Kabul Saturday in "an apparent insider attack" by an Afghan soldier.

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.

The 39-year-old Taylor deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

USA politicians and media are reporting that the service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, was the 39-year-old mayor of a city in the state of Utah.

US military officials say another service member whose name hasn't been released is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack.

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"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.

Taylor, a trainer of Afghan commandos, died when an Afghan soldier attacked.

According to the Washington Post, Taylor was killed when a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on us forces in an apparent "insider attack".

Taylor previously served two tours of duty in Iraq as a convoy security commander and then as an adviser to the Iraqi intelligence agency, according to a city council biography. "I love Mayor Taylor, his unbelievable wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids".

"Things are going great, and I absolutely love the dedicated U.S. and Afghan soldiers I serve with every day", Taylor wrote in an update about his deployment earlier this year.

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook.


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