Syrian opposition group says it was blast target

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Citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rises from Aleppo International Airport, Syria, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Rebels captured a military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday, handing opposition fighters their second strategic victory in their nearly two-year battle against President Bashar Assad in as many days, activists said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

BEIRUT (AP) — A major Syrian opposition faction has accused the government of a bombing at a border checkpoint, saying it narrowly missed 13 leaders of the group including its president.

Syrian National Council President George Sabra told reporters in Turkey on Tuesday that the car bomb a day earlier went off shortly before the SNC president and 12 other members of the group's executive council drove through a border crossing with Turkey.

"We heard an explosion nearly half an hour before we reached the border crossing point," Sabra said.

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said the death toll from the attack rose Tuesday to 14 from 13.