The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned a deadly car bomb attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, reiterating its determination to "combat all forms of terrorism."
"The members of the Security Council are appalled by today's terrorist attack in Somalia for which al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility," said a statement issued to the press here by the 15-nation UN body. "The members of the Security Council condemned the attack in the strongest terms."
Earlier on Thursday, a suicide car bomb went off at a tea shop in Mogadishu, leaving at least 11 people dead, reports said, adding that the tea shop was frequented by Somali intelligence officers.
The al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabaab, which claimed the responsibility for the attack, has increased the frequency of attacks in the Somali capital.
"The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to those injured," the statement said. "The members of the Security Council further extended their condolences to the people and government of the Federal Republic of Somalia."
The members of the Security Council also expressed their deep concern at this and other recent terrorist attacks perpetrated by al-Shabaab in Somalia, while voicing their solidarity with the people and Government of Somalia at this difficult time.
"The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations," the statement said. "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities in this regard."
The Security Council underscored its determination to continue to support all international efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by al-Shabaab, according to the statement.