One person was killed and four were injured as militants struck at two licensed liquor shops in a government-run hotel on Boulevard Road near Dal Lake here on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Mushtaq Ahmad, who used to work in one of the liquor shops, a police spokesman said.

Ahmad apparently died of blood loss from a bullet injury.

His death came to light two hours after the shooting when his relatives came looking for him, the spokesman said.

The four persons injured are: Fayaz Ahmad Khanday of Aloochi Bagh, Mohammad Sharief Sheikh of Batamaloo (both in Srinagar) and Ravi Kumar and Sunny Mehra, both from the Jammu region.

Second major strike within a month

This is the second major strike by militants in the city within a month after an attack at a hotel on the Parimpora-Pantha Chowk road near Lasjan on October 19. In that incident two people were killed and one injured.