Lower Shabelle

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Lower Shabelle
Shibelithy Hoosy
Shabeellaha Hoose

شبيلي السفلى
Basso Scebeli
The Merca beachside.
The Merca beachside.
Location in Somalia
Location in Somalia
Coordinates: 1°46′6″N 44°23′24″E / 1.76833°N 44.39000°E / 1.76833; 44.39000Coordinates: 1°46′6″N 44°23′24″E / 1.76833°N 44.39000°E / 1.76833; 44.39000
Country Somalia
 • TypeFederal State
 • GovernorAbdulkadir shiekh Mohamednor Sidii [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
HDI (2017)0.316[2]
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Lower Shabelle (Somali: Shabeellaha Hoose,[3] Maay: Shibelithy Hoosy, Arabic: شبيلي السفلى‎, Italian: Basso Scebeli) is an administrative region (gobol) in southern Somalia.[4]


It is bordered by the Somali regions of Banaadir, Middle Shabelle (Shabeellaha Dhexe), Hiran, Bay, Middle Jubba (Jubbada Dhexe) and by the Somali Sea. Lower Shabelle is named after the Shebelle River, which passes through it.

Until 1984, when the regions were reassigned, it was part of the larger Benadir region and its capital was Mogadishu. However, the provincial capital is now Merca.


Lower Shabelle Region is divided into seven districts:

Major towns[edit]

Major towns include Gobanle

Terrorist incidents[edit]

The Golweyn ambush by al-Shabaab militants against a convoy took place on 30 July 2017, resulting in the death of several Ugandan soldiers.[citation needed]

Eight children are killed and dozens are wounded when a bomb explodes in Golweyn on 31 January 2021.[5]


  1. ^ "News in Brief, 21st March 2014" (PDF). Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ GeoNames Search
  4. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Somalia's al-Shabab rebels attack hotel in the capital city". ABC News. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2021.

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