Bakool (Somali: Bakool; Arabic: بكول‎) is a region (gobol) in southwestern Somalia.[2]

Location in Somalia.
Location in Somalia.
Coordinates: 4°20′47″N 43°32′59″E / 4.34639°N 43.54972°E / 4.34639; 43.54972Coordinates: 4°20′47″N 43°32′59″E / 4.34639°N 43.54972°E / 4.34639; 43.54972
Country Somalia
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)Bakool
HDI (2017)0.287[1]
low · 14th


It is bordered by the Somali regions of Hiiraan, Bay and Gedo.

Bakool, like Gedo and Bay, as well as most parts of the Jubbada Dhexe (Middle Juba) region, used to be a part of the old Upper Region, which was subdivided in the mid-1980s. It has its capital at Xuddur.

In March 2014, Somali Armed Forces assisted by an Ethiopian battalion with AMISOM re-captured the Bakool province's capital Hudur from the Al-Shabaab militant group.[3] The offensive was part of an intensified military operation by the allied forces to remove the insurgent group from the remaining areas in southern Somalia under its control.[4]


The Bakool region consists of six districts:[5]

Major townsEdit


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Somalia: Federal Govt, Ethiopian forces liberate strategic town of Hudur". Garowe Online. 7 March 2014. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Somalia: Federal Govt, AMISOM troops clash with Al Shabaab". Garowe Online. 11 March 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  5. ^ [1]

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