A burka-clad babysitter has been arrested in Moscow after she walked through the streets carrying the severed head of a four-year-old girl, Daily Mail reports. Eyewitnesses say the woman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as she appeared near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in the northwest of the Russian capital and threatened to blow herself up.
Earlier today there were reports that officers had found the headless body of a child aged about four at a block of flats in the city after they were called to a fire. The victim was a girl identified as Nastya M – and the child’s 39-year-old nanny Gyulchehra Bobokulova, from Uzbekistan, has been arrested. The woman was seen pulling the severed head out of a bag and walking around near the entrance to the metro station as police moved in.
Naturally, the police are stumped as to a possible motive. From the Daily Mail:
According to local media, she shouted: ‘I hate democracy. I am a terrorist. I want you dead. You have become so hardened, you have eliminated so many of us. Look I am a suicide bomber, I will die, doomsday will come in a second.’
Witness Alyona Kuratova told independent Dozhd TV that the woman was holding the head by its hair. Kuratova described scenes of chaos, with police cars and ambulances arriving at the scene and some people yelling: ‘terror attack, terror attack.’ She said she could not make out what the woman shouted but some media reported that she yelled ‘Allahu Akbar”‘- Arabic for ‘God is greatest’ – and threatened to blow herself up.
Another witness said the woman shouted that she would ‘kill everyone, blow up everyone.’ Some said the woman had paced up and down for some 20 minutes before she was detained near Oktyabrskoe Pole metro station.
According to local reports, she later told police she killed the girl because of her own husband’s infidelity. Investigators immediately ordered a psychiatric test of the woman in a bid to understand her motives.
One eyewitness at the underground station told MK how the woman screamed: ‘My child was killed…I will blow up everyone.’ She also shouted: ‘I hate democracy’.
Investigators claim that the babysitter waited until she was alone with the child in the apartment before carrying out the murder and starting a fire. The source in the Investigative committee told TASS: ‘She waited until the parents with the elder child left the flat, then for unknown reason she killed the child, set fire to the apartment and left the scene.’
Whatever could her motive be?