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St. Catherine's University arson suspect also charged with terror offense

She set several small fires around the campus last year.
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The Essentials

1. Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis, has been indicted on three counts including attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization and arson.

2. It comes after the former student at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, delivered a letter to two other students in March 2017 encouraging them to "join the jihad in fighting" for Al Qaeda, Taliban or Al Shabaab.

3. This was two months after she's accused of starting multiple small fires around the St. Kate's campus, including in St. Mary Hall.

The Bigger Picture

The indictments against Hassan come in the same week that a new study looking at "jihadist travelers" highlighted Minnesota as having the highest rate of people who have traveled or attempted to travel to the Middle East to join extremist fighting.

According to FOX 9, Hassan told police she'd started the fires at St. Kate's after reading "about the U.S. military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she felt that she should do exactly the same thing."

She also said the fires weren't as successful as she'd hoped, adding: "You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that."

The letters she sent to the other college students was turned in to the authorities.

As well as being charged with supporting a foreign terror group and arson, Hassan was also charged with providing a false statement to the FBI, after she denied writing the letter.

She's due to make an appearance in court at a later date.

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