Tnuza Jamal Hassan Timeline

Tnuza Jamal Hassan Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
Tnuza Jamal Hassan

February 12, 2018 05:04 PM

March 2017: Hassan attempted to recruit two female classmates to join al-Qaida or other organizations, according to a memorandum. She initially denied, but later admitted to, authoring a recruitment letter.

Sept. 19, 2017: Hassan attempted to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan, "to join and support al Qaida and the 'Islamic Resistance,'" according to a memorandum. The memo says Hassan reached Dubai in that effort, but was prevented from traveling further because she lacked a visa.


Hassan's family filed a missing persons report with authorities following her departure.

Dec. 29, 2017: Hassan again attempted to leave the United States with her mother. They had tickets to Ethiopia, however, Hassan allegedly packed identification documents belonging to her older sister as well as cold-weather clothing and a jacket.

Jan. 8, 2018: Hassan reportedly ran away from her mother's home and stayed on the University of St. Catherine's campus. Her whereabouts remained unknown until fires broke out at the university.

Jan. 17, 2018: Hassan allegedly set approximately nine fires in multiple buildings on campus, including in one building that housed a day care center in which 33 kids and eight adults were present.

Jan. 23, 2018: Sources tell KSTP the FBI began investigating Hassan, who was charged with first-degree arson.

Feb. 7, 2018: The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota reveals Hassan faces federal charges, including attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Feb. 9, 2018: Federal Prosecutors file a memorandum in support of detention arguing for Hassan presenting a danger to the community and therefore should remain in custody pending trial. 


Rebecca Omastiak

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