Federal authorities on Wednesday charged a 19-year-old former St. Catherine University student with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida, arson and making a false statement to the FBI.
Tnuza Hassan, who allegedly started several fires at some buildings at the university on Jan. 17, was questioned by the FBI several months before the alleged arson.
In September last year, FBI agents had interviewed Hassan about whether she authored and delivered a letter to two fellow students at St. Catherine in March 2017. Prosecutors allege the letter sought to encourage fellow students to "join the jihad in fighting" and to "[j]oin Al Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab."
Prosecutors say Hassan had lied to the FBI agents about who wrote the letter or who delivered it to the students.
Hassan was previously charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of first-degree arson and is currently in custody at the Ramsey County Jail.