|• Total||235.94 km2 (91.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||831 m (2,726 ft)|
|• Density||66/km2 (170/sq mi)|
Ainaro is a town in East Timor, the capital of the Ainaro District, and is located in the southwest part of the country. The Ainaro Subdistrict has a population of approximately 12,000 people. It contains the small mountain town of Ainaro, the district capital, along with the sucos of Soro, Maununo, Cassa, Suro Craic, Manutassi, and Mau-Ulo. The town of Ainaro is located 78 km south of Dili, the national capital.
Destruction of Ainaro
During the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999, Ainaro was home to a large contingent of Indonesian military (TNI)-backed pro-Indonesia militias in the months leading up to the 30 August 1999 referendum on independence. As a result, it suffered near-total devastation during the TNI orchestrated scorched earth operation with more than 95 percent of its buildings destroyed.