UPDATED 7:49 AM PT — Thurs. February 8, 2018
A Saint Catherine’s University student is facing federal charges for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization.
On Wednesday, Tnuza Hassan was charged with federal arson, lying to authorities, and providing material support to Al-Qaeda.
The case against the 19-year-old began last September when the FBI questioned her about a letter she allegedly wrote to students at the university, encouraging them to join several terror groups so they could fight against the enemies of Islam.
She denied all accusations during questioning, but just last month Hassan was arrested for setting eight fires around the university’s campus.
During questioning she reportedly said her actions were acts of retaliation against the U.S. military for “destroying schools” in Muslim countries. She also said that if she knew how to build a bomb, she would have used that instead.
Saint Catherine University students say they’re surprised to hear about the allegations.
Nobody was injured in the fires, but Hassan allegedly told authorities her intention was to cause harm — something students say is troubling to hear.
Hassan is currently being held at the Ramsey County Jail in Saint Paul.
There’s no word yet on when she will appear in court.