Suspected militants made an attempt on the life of Jammu and Kashmir minister Ali Muhammad Sagar when he was at a party in the old city of Srinagar.
Sagar's personal security officer Gulzar Ahmed died in the firing. Three persons who are part of the minister's establishment were injured. Two of them were policemen.
In the evening, the gunmen approached the house of Sagar's brother and fired at the escort. Sagar, who is rural, law and parliamentary minister, was inside the house along with his son, Salman Sagar, former mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
"There was an engagement ceremony at the house. Guests, including Sagar, were present," said a family member on condition of anonymity.
The assailants fired at the police escort guarding the house and the lane on which the building is located. "We cannot confirm the number of attackers or the weapons used in the firing," said deputy superintendent of police Imran Farooq.
A senior police officer said on condition of anonymity: "We can confirm the firing. We are investigating who were involved in the attack."
This is the first serious attack on a minister in the state since 2005, when education minister Ghulam Nabi Lone was killed.
In 2002, minister of state for home Mushtaq Ahmad Lone was killed in a militant attack. In 2000, power minister Ghulam Hassan Bhat died at the hands of militants.