Nanny who beheaded Russian child says it was revenge for Putin's Syria strikes

Earlier, she told reporters Allah had ordered her to commit the grisly crime


Reuters March 03, 2016
Gulchekhra (Gyulchekhra) Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of murdering a child in her care, sits inside a defendants' cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, March 2, 2016. REUTERS

MOSCOW: A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has said she acted to avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in Syria.

In video footage posted online on Thursday and circulated by several prominent bloggers, the woman, 38-year-old Gulchekhra Bobokulova of Muslim-majority Uzbekistan, gave her first detailed explanation of an incident which state TV channels chose not to report.

Uzbek woman says in court "Allah ordered" her to sever child's head

"I took revenge against those who spilled blood," Bobokulova told someone asking her questions off camera. "Putin spilled blood, planes carried out bombings. Why are Muslims being killed? They also want to live."

It was not clear when the video was filmed, but Bobokulova was wearing the same clothes as during a court appearance on Wednesday.

The Kremlin launched its campaign of air strikes in Syria on September 30 in support of President Bashar al-Assad, an intervention that altered the course of the conflict there.

A Russian passenger plane was blown out of the skies above Egypt on October 31 killing all 224 people onboard. Islamic State said it had carried out the attack in revenge for Russia's Syria campaign.

Police on Monday wrestled to the ground Bobokulova, who had been working as a nanny for a Moscow family, after she wandered around a Moscow street holding the infant's severed head in the air and shouting slogans.

Woman arrested in Moscow for murder after brandishing child's severed head

The child she is suspected of murdering was a 4-year-old girl.

Investigators in what the Russian media have dubbed the case of "the bloody nanny" quickly raised the possibility that Bobokulova was mentally ill. They have not made any mention of suspecting her of any terrorism-related offense.

On Wednesday, she told reporters Allah had ordered her to commit the grisly crime.

In the same video, she said she had wanted to relocate to Syria but had lacked the money to do so.

Russia's Investigative Committee was not immediately available to comment.

COMMENTS (6)

Tyggar | 5 years ago | Reply Europe should get ready for such incidences.
Shakil Ahmed | 5 years ago | Reply @jay: what you mean by they? if you mean Muslims then how many they already live in India? this whole account is dubious, last time she was claiming she killed the child because her husband brought another wife! now she is talking about syria!
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