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Utah mayor killed while serving in Afghanistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/05/18, 10:47 am

A Utah mayor and Army National Guard major deployed to Afghanistan died after one of his Afghan trainees shot him, officials confirmed Sunday. Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a one-year leave of absence from his role as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to serve in Afghanistan. He worked as a military intelligence officer training members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Another unidentified U.S. soldier sustained injuries in the attack. The attacker was killed by Afghan forces, according to a NATO statement.

Taylor was expected to resume his mayoral duties in January after his tour ended. He previously served two tours in Iraq and was completing his second in Afghanistan. “Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wrote on Twitter. Taylor is survived by his wife and seven children.

The attack is the latest in which Afghan forces turned their weapons on coalition forces. Last month, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, escaped unhurt when an Afghan security guard opened fire during a meeting between U.S. and Afghan officials, killing two senior Afghan officials and wounding three Americans.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • momof 13
    Posted: Mon, 11/05/2018 04:08 pm

    My heart sank as I read the words "Taylor is survived by his wife and seven children." Each loss is keenly felt and I will be praying for these precious children.

  • old guy
    Posted: Mon, 11/05/2018 05:02 pm

    My prayers also go out to this patriot's family and friends. The article says very little about Maj.Taylor's spritual life or his political affiliation. It makes no difference for my prayers, but I would like to know.