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The BBC's Jim Muir in Tehran:
"Psychological and political warfare"
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Monday, 13 March, 2000, 15:39 GMT
Mortar attack on Tehran
damaged car
This is the second attack by the Mujahedin in less than six weeks
The People's Mujahideen says it carried out the Tehran mortar attack which injured at least three people.

One girl was hit in the face by splinters, while a man is understood to have lost his leg in the attack. There were no immediate details on the condition of the third person.

Six mortars hit the Noor complex, which contains some 360 apartments and is next to the Revolutionary Guards base, a military headquarters.

The People's Mujahideen, an opposition group based in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack.

It says the attack was designed to damage the Revolutionary Guards base, but officials said it was unscathed by the attact.

The Mujahideen wants to overthrow Iran's Islamic government, and frequently attacks military units near the border.

Our correspondent says that the Mujahideen is clearly seeking to exploit tensions in the region.

The mortars were small, reportedly fired from a site two kilometres to the west.

Miracle

Our correspondent at the scene where many vehicles and buildings were damaged says it is a miracle that there were so few injuries.

Cars took the brunt of the explosion, but shrapnel tore into a nearly building and blew out windows.

damaged car
The mortars destroyed 18 cars
Revolutionary Guards said five members of parliament lived in the residential building, one of whom was home at the time of the bombing but he escaped unhurt.

The Guards base is responsible for security for the whole of Tehran.

Last month, mortar bombs hit the presidential palace and nearby government buildings, killing one person and wounding others.

The incident follows the attempted assassination on Sunday of a leading reformer and close ally of President Mohammad Khatami.

Saeed Hajjarian, who was behind the reform movement's big election victory last month, was fighting for his life in a Tehran hospital with a bullet lodged in hs neck.

The Mujahideen has not claimed responsibility for that attack.

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