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Coordinates: 4°39′16″N 47°51′27″E / 4.65444°N 47.85750°E / 4.65444; 47.85750Coordinates: 4°39′16″N 47°51′27″E / 4.65444°N 47.85750°E / 4.65444; 47.85750
Country Somalia
provinceMudug *  Galmudug
 • Total65,523
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)+252

Harardhere (Somali: Xarardheere, Italian: Harardhera) is a historic town in the Mudug province of Somalia. It is situated in the autonomous Galmudug state and serves as the capital of the Harardhere District.


For most of its history, Harardhere was a historic town that was included in many Somali sultanates like the Ajuran Sultanate and Hiraab Imamate, who ruled over the town since 13th century. After Somalia gained independence, the town developed and gave birth to many prominent Somali politicians and military officials like Abdirashid Ali Shermarke the second president of Somalia, Maj. Gen Daud Abdulle Hirsi the first Commander of the Somali Armed Forces, Maj. Gen Mohamed Abshir Muse First Commander of the Somali Police Force and Maj. Gen Salaad Gabeyre Kediye.

The town has been controlled by the Al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab since at least 2012. In 2018, a US airstrike killed 60 al-Shabaab fighters at a training camp in a rural area outside the town.[1]


As of 2005, Harardhere had a population of around 65,543 inhabitants. As with most of Galmudug, it is primarily inhabited by Somalis from the Hiraab sub-clan of the Hawiye.[2][3]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Guled, Abdi (17 October 2018). "US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp in Somalia, intel officials say". Military Times. The Associated Press. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Regions, districts, and their populations: Somalia 2005 (draft)" (PDF). United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. United Nations Development Programme. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ "SomaliaReport: Harardheere's Newly Declared Female President". piracyreport.com. Retrieved 31 May 2019.