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Adale (Somali: Cadale; Italian: Adalei or Itala), also known as Cadaley, is a coastal town in the southern Middle Shabelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe) region of Somalia.

Adale is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 2°45′00″N 46°19′00″E / 2.75000°N 46.31667°E / 2.75000; 46.31667Coordinates: 2°45′00″N 46°19′00″E / 2.75000°N 46.31667°E / 2.75000; 46.31667
Country Somalia
RegionMiddle Shabelle
 • Total11,600
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)


During the pre-independence period in Italian Somaliland, the city was chosen by Vincenzo Filonardi as the headquarters of his newly created "Somalia italiana"

On 3 October 2014 the town was liberated from the jihadist terrorist group Al-Shabaab by the Somalia National Army and AMISOM forces. Al-Shabaab had occupied the town for several years. According to AMISOM-sources Al-Shabaab did not mount any resistance because they had lost support from the public in Adale.[1]


Adale has a population of around 11,600 inhabitants.[2] The broader Adale District has a total population of 46,720 residents.[3]

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  1. ^ See: Somalia National Army and AMISOM forces liberate Adale town in Middle Shabelle region, AMISOM Press Statement, 3 Oct. 2014. Accessed on 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Somalia City & Town Population". Tageo. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Regions, districts, and their populations: Somalia 2005 (draft)" (PDF). UNDP. Retrieved 21 September 2013.