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Title: Togdheer  
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Subject: Somaliland, Regions of Somaliland, Buhoodle District, Burao District, Sheikh District
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A residential area in Burao.
A residential area in Burao.
Location in Somalia.
Location in Somalia.
Country  Somalia
Capital Burao
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Togdheer (Somali: Togdheer, Arabic: تُوجدَير‎) is an administrative region (gobol) in northwestern Somalia. It is situated in the autonomous Somaliland macro-region.[1]


  • Overview 1
  • Territorial dispute 2
  • Districts 3
  • Major towns 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


Togdheer is bordered by Ethiopia to the south, and the Somali regions of Woqooyi Galbeed, Sanaag and Sool. With its capital at Burao (Burco), the region's name is derived from the Togdheer River, which means "Long River" in Somali.

As with much of northern Somalia, most local residents in the Togdheer region are nomadic pastoralists.[2]

Territorial dispute

The government of the autonomous Puntland macro-region in northeastern Somalia claims the southeastern Togdheer region as its territory, and calls this area, centered around the town of Buuhoodle, the Ayn region of Puntland. This is in contrast to the Somaliland macro-region in northwestern Somalia, which also claims the area as part of its territory.[3]


The Togdheer region consists of the following four districts:[4]

Major towns


  1. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Bradbury, Mark (2008). Becoming Somaliland. Progressio. p. 201.  
  3. ^ "Puntland State".  
  4. ^ "Districts of Somalia". Statoids. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 

External links

  • Administrative map of Togdheer
  • Togdheer News Network (in Somali)

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