MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have carried out an attack on police station near Mandera, a town close to Kenyan border along Somalia.
The attack triggered heavy fighting between Al Shabaab and Kenyan police forces as heavy weaponries could be heard through Mandera town.
The al Qaeda linked group says its fighters had overrun police station in Kenya after an attack.
The group also claimed to have briefly seized the station.
A Kenyan soldier was reportedly killed in the ambush attack.
Kenyan police remains unavailable to comment on the latest attack carried out by Al Shabaab.
Al-Shabab is an armed group based in Somalia, fighting to topple the Western-backed Somali government.
The group also wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has carried out several attacks in neighboring countries, including Kenya, since Nairobi launched a military operation inside Somalia in 2011.