Minnesota college student pleads guity to offering support to terrorists
- While a freshman at St. Catherine University, Tnuza Jamal Hassan wrote and anonymously delivered a letter encouraging two other students to join al-Qaeda, according to court documents.
- Hassan also admitted she had plans to travel to Kabul to join the terrorist organization with no intention of returning to the U.S. in 2017.
- She has been charged for attempting to set fires to the university campus in 2018.
Minneapolis college student Tnuza Jamal Hassan pleaded guilty to attempting to provide support to the foreign terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and court documents, Hassan, while a student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, drafted and anonymously delivered a letter encouraging two other students to join al-Qaeda.
However, she denied involvement with the letter in a later interview with FBI agents.
On September 18, 2017, Hassan purchased two roundtrip tickets- one from Minneapolis to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the second from Dubai to Kabul, Afghanistan. Hassan admitted she planned to travel to Kabul and join al-Qaeda with no intention of returning to the U.S. The next day, she traveled from Minneapolis to Dubai, but she was unable to enter Kabul because she did not have a visa.
Documents also revealed that Hassan attempted to set several fires to the St. Catherine University campus on January 17, 2018.
At this time, she was living in a dormitory without the university’s permission. Hassan admitted her attempt to burn down buildings was in retaliation to the United States' opposition to al-Qaeda.
Hassan has been charged with one count of first-degree arson in Ramsey County District Court.
Campus Reform reached out to St. Catherine University for a statement but did not hear back in time for publication.
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