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Antonio Guterres said that he has full faith that Somalis will not be deterred in their efforts for lasting peace and political stability.
Among the dead was Sahafi owner Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father was killed in a similar attack on the same hotel three years ago, according to Radio Dalsan.
The US military has carried out more than two dozen airstrikes this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.
Somali government troops accompanying the US unit killed two other fighters of the al Qaeda-linked group with small arms fire during the clash that took place on Friday.
As per the Voice of America, the incident took place outside a coffee shop on the capital's busiest road.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's three-day visit to Asmara coincides with an extraordinary peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Al Shabaab fights to topple Somalia's central government and impose its a rule based on its own strict interpretation of Islam's Sharia law.
The blasts come a week after a similar attack on the interior ministry compound in Mogadishu killed at least nine people.
The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab, an arm of al-Qaida, often targets high-profile areas of the capital.
The list includes countries with a hostile relationship with Washington, such as North Korea, Iran and Syria.
The use of improvised explosive devices against police and military patrols in the northern and eastern border regions with Somalia have become relatively common.
The US military's Africa Command said Friday it is reviewing a Somali-led raid after locals reported that five civilians had been shot dead.
The car bomb was detonated at a checkpoint after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle, senior police Capt Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press.
The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, due to societal pressures as well as fear of Al-Shabaab.
The ongoing challenge facing Somalia was highlighted Friday, when three Burundian troops were killed and seven injured in an ambush claimed by Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate.