Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombing that targeted a guest house hosting government officials in Bardena, 450 kilometres west of the capital Mogadishu.
Somalian army officers say the Al Qaeda-linked militants used explosive-laden vehicles to mount an attack on the base at Janay Abdale before they were repelled.
At least seven Somali soldiers were killed in the attack, which targeted a military camp in a town retaken by the army this week in a major offensive against the terror group. Türkiye issued a statement condemning the attack.
Government forces have taken the port town of Harardhere and nearby Galcad town in central Somalia in one of their most significant victories since launching an offensive last year.
The attack, claimed by Al Shabab, took place in the Hiran region of central Somalia, where a major offensive was launched several months ago against the Al Qaeda-linked group.
The government, backed by AU troops and clan militias, says it has killed around 700 members of Al Shabab and recaptured scores of settlements as part of a months-long campaign.
At least eight civilians were killed after Al Shabab terrorists stormed a popular hotel in Mogadishu, a police spokesperson said.
Somali government forces have killed more than 600 Al Shabab terrorists, injured 1,200 others and recaptured 68 settlements in the last three months.
The attack began with two suicide car bombs at around 0200GMT, followed by hours of heavy fighting, a military official says.
A security official confirms that a suicide bomber blew himself up near General Dhigobadan training camp in southern Mogadishu.
Somalia's defence ministry says at least 100 militants are killed in the central Hiran region.
Washington seeks to increase focus on exposing and disrupting terrorist financing networks in Africa, a senior US Treasury official says.
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