updated 2/28/2004 5:18:36 AM ET 2004-02-28T10:18:36

Pakistani forces fired at a minibus Saturday when it failed to stop at a roadblock in a tribal region where anti-terrorism operations have been ongoing, killing at least 11 people, local officials and a resident said.

The shooting occurred at Zeri Noor, a village just outside of Wana, the main town in tribal South Waziristan, two Wana officials told The Associated Press. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the death toll at 11.

Allah Dad, a local resident, told the AP that the bus was filled mostly with Afghan refugees on their way to the border. A taxi driving near the minibus was also hit, and the driver killed, Dad said.

He said as many as 12 people were killed, and seven more injured in the shooting.

"They opened fire when the bus didn't stop," Dad said. "There is a lot of tension in the area and a lot of troops. The roads to Afghanistan have been sealed."

Army spokesman Gen. Shaukat Sultan would not confirm the reports, but said he would look into them.

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