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DATE=2/6/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN/BLASTS (L) NUMBER=2-258866 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=CAIRO INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's opposition People's Mujahedin says it has stepped up attacks in two provinces in western Iran, following a mortar attack in Tehran that killed one person. The group says the mortar attack was aimed at senior leaders of the Iranian government. Correspondent Scott Bobb has details from our Middle East Bureau in Cairo. TEXT: Workers in Tehran cleaned up glass and debris outside the building hit in the attack. Official news media say the attack was aimed at disrupting celebrations marking the 21st anniversary of the Iranian revolution and parliamentary elections due in less than two-weeks. The opposition People's Mujahedeen, based in neighboring Iraq, claimed responsibility. The group says the attack was aimed at the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Offices of President Mohammed Khatami, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, the parliament, and the judiciary are also located in the area. The group said the attack was meant to commemorate students who lost their lives during six-days of unrest last July. The unrest was sparked by a police raid on student dormitories after students protested the closing of a popular reformist newspaper. Saturday's attack in Tehran comes as the political atmosphere heats up in anticipation of parliamentary elections. Although the campaign is not due to open officially until later this week, tensions are rising between reformist factions seeking more individual freedoms, and conservatives who believe such policies undermine the principles of the Iranian revolution. A group of conservative clerics and religious students Saturday ended three-days of demonstrations against the Minister of Culture. They were protesting government tolerance of political cartoons in a reformist newspaper that lampooned a leading conservative cleric. An estimated five-thousand protestors gathered Saturday in the city of Qom, but ended their protest at the request of Ayatollah Khamenei. The cartoonist has been arrested and the case is being referred to Iran's press court. (SIGNED) NEB/SB/RAE 06-Feb-2000 09:23 AM EDT (06-Feb-2000 1423 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .