The Al Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Witnesses described scenes of chaos after an attack in Mogadishu, claimed by militant group Al Shabab.
Al Shabab said the attack at Camp Simba was part of its "Al Quds (Jerusalem) shall never be Judaized" campaign –– a term it first used during an attack on the upscale Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi in January last year that left 21 people dead.
At least 125 people were wounded, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman said, and hundreds of Mogadishu residents donated blood in response to desperate appeals.
Officials say the blast, also wounding more than 120 people, targeted a tax collection centre in capital and most of those killed were university and other students. Two Turkish brothers are among the dead.
The attack on Gofgadud base in the Bay region marks the latest setback for Somalia's army, which is expected to take over responsibility for the country's security from an African Union force next year.
The destruction of telecom towers in Somalia, allegedly by Kenyan forces, will damage Somalia's economy and could destabilise the entire Horn of Africa.
Tunisia is the only Arab country to have emerged with a viable civil society and democracy after the Arab Spring, but the system is on the ropes as authoritarianism casts its shadow over the country.
Another two dozen people were wounded as a bomb exploded outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalian capital Mogadishu, officials say.
Tribal elders are capable of bridging the trust deficit between the Somali government and Al Shabab - and they might be the only chance left for peace.
Eight people are killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a checkpoint near the Somali parliament in Mogadishu while the second blast on a key road leading to the airport did not cause any casualties, officials say.
Officials say police officers were killed when their vehicle struck an explosive device in Wajir County near Somali border, in a suspected militant attack.
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