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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)

Bakool (Somali: Bakool, Arabic: باكول‎) is a region (gobol) in southwestern Somalia.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3]


The Bakool region consists of Six districts:[4]

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  1. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Bakool Region" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2013.

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