WASHINGTON — A former mayor in Utah was killed in Afghanistan after a gunman dressed in Afghan military clothes opened fire on him and others, the Pentagon said.
“Maj. Brent R. Taylor, 39, from Provo, Utah, died Nov. 3, 2018, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “The incident is under investigation.”
He is the ninth U.S. service member to be killed in Afghanistan this year.
A second U.S. Service member was wounded in the insider attack, the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon describes an “insider attack” as “one carried out against U.S. military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.” It is sometimes called a “green-on-blue” attack, which is when an Afghan police officer or soldier fires on U.S. or coalition forces in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have said.
The service member who died in Monday’s attack is the sixth U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan this year. That is the fewest killed in one year since 12 died in 2001 — the first year of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.
An insider attack took place in October, where a top U.S. general was wounded, one in September, when a U.S. soldier was killed, and one in July, which also resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier.
Taylor was assigned to Utah Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Draper, Utah. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January and had served two stints in Iraq and a previous tour in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday.
According to the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, Taylor was married and the father of seven children. He was mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people located about 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, but resigned before he went overseas, the newspaper reported.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a Twitter message that “Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend. News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating. My prayers and love are with Jennie and his seven young children. His service will always be remembered.”