Assaba Region

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ولاية العصابة
Region of Mauritania
Assaba in Mauritania.svg
Country  Mauritania
Capital Kiffa
 • Total 36,600 km2 (14,100 sq mi)
Population (2013[1])
 • Total 325,897
 • Density 8.9/km2 (23/sq mi)

Assaba (Arabic: ولاية العصابة‎‎) is a region in southern Mauritania, covering an area of 36,600 square km. It had a population of 325,897 at the 2013 Census. Its capital is Kifa. Other major cities/towns include Guerou. The region borders the Mauritanian regions of Brakna and Tagant to the north, the Mauritanian region of Hodh El Gharbi to the east, Mali to the south, and the Mauritanian regions of Gorgol and Guidimaka to the west. The Aoukar basin, which formerly gave name to the greater region, is located in the north and the east of the central part of Assaba.[2]


Departments of Assaba

Assaba Region is divided into five departments, listed below with their area and populations at the 2013 Census:

Name Area (km2) Population at Census
25 March 2013 [3]
(formerly Aftout)
7,000 79,901
Boumdeïd 4,700 7,917
Guerou 3,600 44,870
Kankoussa 10,600 82,495
Kiffa 10,700 110,714


  1. ^ Office National de la Statistique, Nouakchott
  2. ^ Aoukar
  3. ^ Office National de la Statistique, Nouakchott.

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Coordinates: 16°36′N 11°55′W / 16.600°N 11.917°W / 16.600; -11.917