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Turkey: Bombers had contacts with Syria's secret police

(CNN) A top Turkish official said Saturday that authorities believe those responsible for a pair of deadly car bombings earlier in the day had been in contact with the Syrian government’s secret police force.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay stopped short of saying that Turkey believes the Syrian government was directly responsible for the blasts, while also stating that Syrian refugees or members of the Syrian opposition were not to blame.

Atalay added that license plate checks have been “completed” and “the organization and its members (behind the attacks) have been largely identified.”