United States service member killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan

04 November, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

According to thehill.com Taylor was killed in an "insider attack" in Kabul, according to a statement from the Utah National Guard to Fox 13 Salt Lake City, while the terrorist responsible was immediately killed by Afghan forces.

"Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces".

A statement from the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said another US service member was wounded in the attack.

RS also said the incident was under investigation.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taylor told his constituents, "Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlight of my civilian professional career".

But Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote on his Facebook page that Taylor, 39, has been killed. 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. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".


Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the U.S. to vote on Tuesday.

Another unidentified servicemember was also wounded in the attack Saturday. The Guard's statement did not name Taylor, however, as it waited for the Defense Department to officially release his name.

'My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our Soldier, particularly for the family, ' said adjutant general Maj.

This is the latest in a series of apparent insider attacks in Afghanistani in recent months.

Timothy Bolyard was shot dead in an insider attack, killed by one of the Afghan security members he came to Afghanistan to train.

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