CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian special forces soldier has been killed and two of his fellow troops were wounded in a gun battle with insurgents in southern Afghanistan.
Australian Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley said Sunday that the soldier was killed on Saturday on his fifth tour of Afghanistan.
He is the 40th Australian casualty of the campaign and the first since October. His name has not been released at the request of his family.
Hurley says a seriously wounded Australian soldier was flown to Kandahar for surgery to a gunshot wound. An Australian airman was treated for minor wounds at the Australian base at Tarin Kowt.
The Australian troops were supporting an operation by the elite Afghan troops of the Uruzgan Provincial Response Company in southern Afghanistan.