by Jezzamine Wolk
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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Jezzamine Wolk is a reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to taking on her current position, Jezzamine served as an associate producer for Fox & Friends First on the Fox News Channel.