A Minnesota Muslima terrorist accused of encouraging two fellow college students to ‘join the Jihad’ months before she set several fires on campus was charged Wednesday with a federal terrorism count.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda, one count of lying to the FBI and one federal arson count. She also faces a state arson charge in connection with the Jan. 17 fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
According to a federal indictment, she attempted to provide material support to al-Qaeda on Sept. 19 by trying to provide “personnel” to the terrorist group.
The indictment also said Hassan wrote and delivered a letter to two fellow students in March in an attempt to encourage them to “join the jihad in fighting” and to join al-Qaeda, the Taliban or al-Shabab. When asked about that letter on Sept. 22, she told FBI agents that she didn’t write it, didn’t know who wrote it and didn’t know how it was delivered to her peers.
According to state court documents, Hassan set fires on campus in January because she was angry about U.S. military actions overseas. No one was injured in the fires, but one was set in a dormitory that houses a daycare. A sprinkler system prevented that fire from spreading beyond a chair to the daycare center, where 33 children and eight adults were present.
The state criminal complaint said Hassan admitted she set the fires because she read about the U.S. military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she wanted to do the same thing.
“Hassan said she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people,” the state complaint said.