At least 12 people have been killed in a deadly clan-related violence in Central Somalia on Saturday, residents and witnesses confirm.
The battle between militias from Hawadle and Surre tribes broke out in Deefow district which is close to Beledweyn district in Central Somalia in the early morning hours of Saturday.
Residents and other sources have told Horseed Media that at least 12 people died during the fighting, including militias from both clans and dozens injured.
Local administrations have been criticized for not intervening the battle between the clans, yet some locals have accused government officials of fuelling the clash.
In a recent rare visit to the region by Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti, elders from both clans pledged to put an end to the violence.
The clash between the two rival clans had started last year following a land dispute, while the local elders been able to mediate between the groups, a lasting ceasefire has never been achieved.
Other sources claim that the violence is about elective politics, with each clan wanting a dominant role.