The mayor of a city of Utah was killed in Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in a seemingly introvert assault, the government's state governor said.
The death of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah National Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Commander Spencer Cox, who pays tribute to Facebook.
"I hate this," Cox wrote. "I fight for words, I love Mayor Taylor, his splendid wife Jennie and his seven sweet children."
Taylor had left his post in North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people about 70 kilometers north of Salt Lake City, earlier this year to serve in Afghanistan. It was his fourth development, according to The Deseret News, a Utah newspaper.
The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said in a statement Saturday that a member of the US armed forces was killed but did not recognize him.
"Initial reports show that the attacker was a member of Afghanistan's National Defense and Security Forces." The initial reports also show that the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan forces, "the statement said.
The attack was the latest in a series of "green-blue" acts in which members of Afghan forces killed US or coalition advisers this year and followed the death of a Czech soldier in the western province of Herat last month.
US Defense Secretary James Mattsch said in September that the training and control of Afghan forces has been stepped up to minimize such attacks and that some training and counseling has been reduced in safety assessments.
Last month, NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, escaped innocently when a provincial governor's bodyguard launched a fire in a group of US and Afghan officials in southern Kandahar province.
A week ago, Taylor urged Americans to vote in congressional elections on Tuesday, saying he hopes that "if Republicans or Democrats win, we all remember that we have much more Americans who unite us than separates us ".
Report by Joseph Ax. Editing by Daniel Wallis