Shots heard near protest in Saudi oil-producing east

RIYADH, March 10 Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:17pm EST

RIYADH, March 10 (Reuters) - Shots were heard near a protest in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern province on Thursday, a witness and Shi'ite activist said.

"There was firing, it was sporadic," the witness said.

The firing was interspersed with the sound of percussion bombs.

The witness said he could not see where the firing was directed at. Witnesses and activists said there were people wounded and put the number between one and four.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Writing by Martina Fuchs; Editing by Martin Dokoupil)

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