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DATE=3/13/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN SHOOTING (L) NUMBER=2-260128 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's reformist movement has vowed to continue its campaign to open Iranian politics and society, despite the shooting Sunday of one of the architects of its sweeping electoral victory last month. Doctors say reformist politician Saeed Hajjarian continues to lie unconscious, in stable but serious condition, in a Tehran hospital. Correspondent Scott Bobb reports from our Middle East Bureau in Cairo. TEXT: Reformist leaders in Iran vow the shooting of Saeed Hajjarian will strengthen their movement rather than weaken it. They urged the government to stop attacks on the movement. Reformist leaders held a news conference (Monday) in Tehran and urged security forces to show determination in arresting the attackers. They accused their political rivals of being responsible for the attack. Iran's leading dissident cleric, Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, issued a statement calling for an end to political violence. He said the government's inability to deal with such attacks could lead to its demise. Ayatollah Montazeri has been under house arrest for more than a decade for criticizing the clergy-dominated political system. Reformist newspapers roundly condemned the attack. They characterized it as an attempt to halt the reform movement, but said it will not succeed. Mr. Hajjarian was rushed to the hospital early Sunday after being shot in the face by two assailants riding on a powerful motorcycle. Doctors say he had stopped breathing when he arrived. They say tests do not show significant damage to his brain from the bullet, which is lodged near the neck. But they say there could be damage from the disruption of oxygen flow before he arrived. /// OPT /// Mr. Hajjarian was one of the leading strategists behind the reformist landslide in parliamentary elections last month. He was elected to the Tehran city council last year with the second-largest number of votes. He was also managing editor of the reformist "Sobh-e Emrouz" newspaper, which severely criticized conservative politicians and clerics during the campaign. The newspaper was also pressing the government for a more rigorous investigation into a series of murders of dissident intellectuals. A preliminary investigation said rogue members of the security forces committed the murders, but Mr. Hajjarian's newspaper charged they were orchestrated by senior political leaders. /// END OPT/// The developments come as a number of mortar rounds struck an apartment complex in north Tehran. Two people were reportedly wounded. The opposition Mujahedeen Khalq claimed responsibility, saying the rounds were aimed at the nearby headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. A similar attack last month damaged a building near the presidential offices, killing one person. The two attacks led some to worry about a resurgence of violence in Iran following elections, which were praised by many as a model of democratic reform in the region. (SIGNED) NEB/SB/GE/RAE 13-Mar-2000 09:54 AM EDT (13-Mar-2000 1454 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .