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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.
The first blast, followed by gunfire, occurred at a security checkpoint close to Villa Somalia, the name for the seat of government, while a second followed soon after at a hotel.
US forces in Somalia said Friday that four Al-Shabaab militants were killed in an airstrike as part of the ongoing offensive against the jihadist rebels.
The rights watchdog said an aggressive campaign to recruit children had begun in mid-2017, with the jihadists taking reprisals against communities who refuse to cooperate.