Moscow ‘child beheading’: What we know about the ‘woman in black’
Moscow is in a state of shock after a woman dressed in black was seen walking around near a metro station with a ‘child’s severed head’ in her hand and shouting “I am a terrorist” and "Allahu Akbar." Here is what’s known so far about the horrific incident.
How it all startedEarly Monday morning passers-by noticed a woman dressed in black clothes who was shouting something near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in northwest Moscow. The woman then produced what is thought to be a child’s severed head from her bag, witnesses say. She was allegedly threatening to blow herself up. Police were called to the scene and the woman was arrested. She is being examined by psychiatrists, and later on Monday was taken back to the scene of the crime, to re-enact it.
Who the alleged murderer isThe Russian media identified the suspect as Gulchekhra Bobokulova, 39, from Uzbekistan. It’s been reported that she worked for two years as a nanny to the girl who was killed, who was apparently suffering from a severe, but unspecified nervous system disability. The head of the Moscow Migration Service department says the woman did not have a work permit. A source in the police authorities told Interfax that the woman was under the influence of drugs at the moment she was arrested. A "family friend" told the MK.ru news website that Bobokulova was "treated like family" by her employers.
What’s known about the crime
The decapitated body of a 3- or 4-year-old child was found by firefighters responding to a blaze in an apartment near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station, the investigative committee said. The media identified the toddler as a girl, Nastya M. Investigators suspect that the nanny waited till the parents had left the apartment with the elder child, then killed the little girl and set the apartment on fire. It’s been alleged she later put the dead child’s head in a bag and took a tram to the metro station. The motive behind the crime is not clear.
What the woman was shouting before being arrestedNumerous videos released online recorded indistinct speech, but some of the phrases can still be discerned, such as the phrase “I hate democracy. I’m a terrorist.”
“I'm your suicide bomber… I'm going to die in a second…The end of the world…” the woman also shouted. “The end of the world is coming in a second…I’m your death”.
She is also heard saying that she has been “cursed” and “destroyed”“so many times.”
Were there explosives?Reports in the Russian media said that police were searching for explosive devices in the area near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station. However, the officers didn’t locate any suspicious devices.
A search of the suspect first showed an absence of explosive devices. Later, LifeNews reported that experts found traces of explosives. However, these could be traces of the chemicals the woman used while setting the apartment on fire.
Warning – Graphic Content:Decapitated in Her Cot: Horrific Details Emerge of How Burka-clad Nanny Left Child’s Body in Cot Before Parading Through Moscow Streets With Little Girl’s Head
- Eyewitnesses say they saw the woman holding the severed head of a child
- She is said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as she appeared close to station
- Body of Anastasia Meshcheryakova was found at burnt-out block of flats
- Child’s nanny Gyulchehra Bobokulova, from Uzbekistan, has been arrested
- The four-year-old’s body, dressed in night clothes, was found in her cot
The woman, dressed in a burka, threatened to blow herself up as she walked near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station holding up the little girl’s head.
Investigators claim she murdered the girl, who is believed to have learning difficulties, after starting a fire at the child’s family home in a block of flats.
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
The nanny, Gyulchehra Bobokulova, 38, from Uzbekistan, has been arrested.
It is now known that the beheaded remains of the girl, identified as Anastasia (Nastya) Meshcheryakova, were discovered inside her cot. Her body had been dressed in her night clothes, consisting of a T-shirt and shorts.
According to local media, Bobokulova shouted in the street: ‘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.’
She pulled the severed head out of a bag and walked near the metro station entrance in north-west Moscow.