Gunmen have opened fire on police officers in the Saudi village where Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr lived before his execution sparked regional outrage on Saturday.

A civilian was killed and an eight-year-old child injured when police came under “heavy fire” in the eastern village of Awamiya, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Security forces are now scouring the oil-rich Eastern province’s Qatif district hunting for the perpetrators of what they called a “terrorist act”, a local police spokesman was quoted as saying.

The dead man was identified locally as Ali Imran al-Dawood, while the child who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment on a gunshot wound was named as Mohammed Jafar al-Thifa.

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