U.N. Security Council stands by Somali government after bomb attack

The United Nations Security Council said on Sunday following a bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that it is determined to fight all forms of terrorism, and members expressed their condolences to the victims and their families.

A car filled with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Friday evening, killing 11 people and wounding more, according to media reports.

The Al-Shabaab military group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The council said terrorist attacks would not deter its resolve to support Somalia's efforts toward peace, stability and reconciliation. Members of the council said they would take action against people who threaten the peace and security of Somalia.

"These cowardly acts of terrorism will not derail the progress made in Mogadishu and across Somalia," Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said, according to Al Jazeera. "We - the Somali people and the Somali government - will stand shoulder to shoulder to defeat these killers. These terrorists will not defeat us but make us stronger".

In 2011, Al-Shabaab insurgents left Mogadishu and new government institutions were set up. The country has moved forward to set up a permanent, democratically elected government.

Al-Shabaab was recognized as the Somali-based cell of Al-Qaeda in 2012. It is an offshoot of the Islamic Courts Union, which disbanded in 2006 after counterterrorism efforts by the Somali Transitional Federal Government and its Ethiopian allies.