Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, was killed in an attack perpetrated by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in the capital city of Kabul.
"I hate this. I'm struggling for words.This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation".
Taylor became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2013. 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.
The officials say another USA service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Operation Resolute Support said in a news release Saturday it is investigating the incident, which is suspected of being carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
"Initial reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", read the statement.
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.More news: Arsenal progress under Unai Emery plain to see in draw with Liverpool
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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 Brigham Young University graduate returned to Afghanistan in January after serving two tours of duty during the Iraq War and one in Afghanistan. "A news conference will be held tomorrow morning".
Lee wrote, "Utahns who never had the privilege of meeting Brent will learn what kind of man North Ogden and the Taylor family have lost, and will join them in grieving his tragic loss". "News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating".
The attack was the latest in a series of "green-on-blue" incidents in which members of the Afghan forces have killed USA or coalition advisers this year, and it followed the death of a Czech soldier in the western province of Herat last month.
"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.
"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said. "President Trump has ordered an increase in troops, and part of the new strategy focuses on expanding the capabilities of the Afghan commando units".