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Mar 19, 2011 11:29 AM by Laura Wilson (KAJ News)

Incendiary device thrown at Kalispell vigil participants

KALISPELL- A pro-life prayer group has filed a formal complaint with the FBI after someone threw a homemade bomb at one of the campaign members on Thursday night.

Participants in the vigil are on the 11th day of their 40 Days for Life campaign, where they pray on the sidewalk in front of a Kalispell abortion clinic, in an effort to bring awareness to the issue.

Organizers say the campaign is supposed to be a peaceful one, but on Thursday night at around 6:15, a homemade incendiary device was thrown at an elderly woman participating in the prayer on North Meridian Drive.

Mary Anne Hofmann says she heard an explosion behind her and turned around to discover a water bottle, that was on fire. No one was injured from the explosion and no one saw who threw the bomb or where it came from.

Witnesses don't believe the incident was taken seriously by authorities, claiming that no evidence was taken from the scene. Some believe the bomb was meant to intimidate them, but say it's not going to scare them away from their cause.

"You can't let fear suppress you. The abortionists are certainly in fear and have been attacked as well but they continue on with what they believe is right. And we do as well," said 40 Days for Life Campaign Director Karen Trierweiler.

Participants say they've had water balloons thrown at them in the past, but have never experienced something this drastic.

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