SYDNEY - An Australian special forces soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, Defence Force chief David Hurley said Tuesday, bringing to 33 the number of Australians lost in the conflict. The 40-year-old member of the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment was shot in the chest while on a mission with Afghan forces.

 hunting an insurgent commander in Uruzgan province Monday, the general said.

“This man was a soldier’s soldier,” he added.

The trooper had been hit during a small arms firefight in the Chora valley and the mission was continuing, Hurley said.