Accused St. Kate’s arsonist twice tried fleeing U.S. to join Islamic jihadists

ST. PAUL — A student accused of starting several fires last month on St. Catherine University’s St. Paul campus tried to leave the country twice last year to join jihadist forces, according to court documents.

Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis was charged Wednesday, Feb. 7, in U.S. District Court with one count each of arson, making false statements to the FBI and attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis.