Yemen's foreign minister says the attack on the U.S. embassy has the markings of Al Qaeda, but investigators are still determining who was behind the deadly assault.

Abubakr al-Qirbi also told The Associated Press on Saturday that Yemen needs more assistance from the international community to beef up its security forces to help the country fight terrorism.

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Wednesday's attack on the gate of the U.S. Embassy by gunmen and vehicles packed with explosives killed 17 people, including an 18-year-old American woman and six militants.

Yemen is a key partner in the U.S.-led war on terror but has also been an Al Qaeda stronghold for years.

Al-Qirbi says the attack has not created tension between Yemen and the U.S.