Woman arrested in Moscow brandishing child’s head
Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station. Source: Wikimedia
Moscow police have detained a woman on suspicion of murdering a child after she was found reportedly carrying its severed head.
The woman, allegedly the victim’s nanny, is suspected of killing the child before setting fire to the family apartment. Security video apparently showed the woman, dressed in a hijab, walking near a metro station with a head in her hands. A police officer can be seen intercepting her and forcing her to the ground.
She was now psychiatric care to determine her mental state, the Moscow Investigative Committee said. A criminal investigation was launched after the discovery of the headless corpse aged three to four in a charred flat in northwestern Moscow, it added.
“According to preliminary information, the child’s nanny, a citizen of one of the Central Asian states, born in 1977, waited for the parents and elder child to leave the flat and then, for reasons not established, murdered the infant, set fire to the flat and left the scene,” it said. Police sources told Russian news agencies that the victim had been decapitated and the head removed from the scene by the nanny.
Russia’s media said the nanny was called Gyulchekhra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan.
Russian news website Life News said the victim was a four-year-old girl named Nastya. Life News reported that a police officer asked to see proof of the nanny’s identity outside Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station, prompting her to pull the child’s head from her bag and began threatening to blow herself up.
Mobile phone video shows a black-clad woman shouting the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). “I am a terrorist,” she cries. “I am your death.”
Russian journalist Polina Nikolskaya, who said she witnessed the incident, said: “I was on my way to the metro station from home. She was standing near the metro entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’. I saw that she had a bloodied head in her arms but I thought it was not real. People in the crowd said it was real.”
“There was a lot of people, they were running and yelling ‘terrorist attack’,” said Alyona Kuratova, who said she witnessed the woman with the severed head.
Russia is on terror alert since several Islamist groups made threats after President Vladimir Putin’s bombing campaign targeting groups opposing the Syria’s government.
In October, a bomb blew up an A321 plane over Egypt that was carrying mainly Russian tourists, killing 224 people. Earlier this month, the Russian authorities said they had discovered an explosives laboratory and detained seven people in Yekaterinburg on suspicion of plotting attacks in Moscow, St Petersburg and the Ural region.