At least 15 people were reported to have died in a fresh inter-clan battle erupted in central Somalia on Thursday, local residents said.

The clashes took place at Afbarwaaqo village in the Mudug region, where two armed tribal militias are fighting for control of land and revenge killing is said to be igniting the skirmish.

Local elders began efforts to ease the deadly combat and mediate between the two warring sides, according to a villager who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone.

Somalia has been beset by clan conflict since the former military regime was ousted in 1991 by power-hungry warlords who then fought for the country’s control.