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Mental health at issue for woman accused of arson, terrorism

November 1, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A competency hearing will be held for a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman who allegedly set fires on a college campus and tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida.

Tnuza Jamal Hassan was arrested in January after authorities say she set fires on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, where she’s a former student. No one was hurt, but one fire was set in a dormitory with a day care where 33 children were present. Prosecutors say the fires were a self-proclaimed act of jihad.

Hassan faces three federal counts, including one count of attempting to support a terrorist organization and one count of arson. She’s also charged with arson in state court.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday to determine whether Hassan is mentally competent to stand trial.

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