U.S. service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another

The US service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Saturday had been the mayor of North Ogden in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune and other media reported on November 3 that North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was serving with the National Guard when he was killed earlier in the day.

"He was the best of men with the ability to see potential and possibility in everything around him", according to the post.

The Utah National Guard has not publicly confirmed or discussed the circumstances of Taylor's death, which was confirmed to CNN by a government official.

Another unidentified servicemember was also wounded in the attack Saturday.

Taylor had temporarily stepped down as North Ogden's mayor during his deployment, which began in January of this year.

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"These reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", the statement said. The service members were evacuated to Bagram Airfield.

The other service member, who was wounded, is undergoing medical treatment and in stable condition, according to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement. The shooting took place after a meeting between Raziq, the provincial governor, other high-ranking provincial officials and top American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander Gen. Austin Scott Miller.

Two Afghan officials, including the southern province's powerful police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq Achakzai, were killed.

More than 2,400 Americans have been killed in the 17-year-old war, CBS News' Charlie D'Agata has reported.

The Afghan government now controls or influences 55.5% of the country's districts, marking the lowest level recorded since the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction began tracking district control in November 2015, the report said. News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating.

'The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom, ' he wrote last week.

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