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The mayor of a Utah city was killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, the state's lieutenant governor said.

First reports indicate Afghan Forces killed the attacker.

"The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan forces", she said.

The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said in a statement on Saturday that a USA armed forces member was killed but did not identify him.

The incident is under investigation. 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.

Update: The Department of Defense released information about the death of Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed in the attack.

In keeping with military policy, the name of the service member killed in the attack will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin are notified.

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.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Taylor's family. On Oct. 18, an insider attack in Kandahar led to the death of two top Afghan security officials and also wounded Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley, the top us general in southern Afghanistan.

When he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan in January, he announced that he would take a one year leave of absence as mayor.

The site went on to describe the "profound influence" Taylor had on the community, a city of more than 17,000 people about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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

The Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives also paid tribute to Taylor. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America". "His service will always be remembered", Hatch said. In their marriage, they had endured five years apart during four of Taylor's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he wrote.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said.


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