This is truly too horrific for words. A nanny was arrested by Russian police after she was found holding the severed head of a child and yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ outside a Moscow subway station. Truly sickening. (BE WARNED: the images are extremely graphic).
Our hearts are heavy with sadness after learning about the gruesome murder of an innocent four-year-old girl in Moscow, Russia on Feb. 29. The young girl was reportedly decapitated by her nanny, Gyulchehra Bobokulova, who proceeded to carry her severed head through the city streets before she was eventually taken down by the police and arrested for the brutal murder. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Law enforcement officials in Moscow reportedly arrested the 38-year-old nanny outside of a subway station in the northwest part of the Russian capital after eyewitnesses say they saw the woman holding the severed head of a small child and yelling “Allahu Akbar (God is great),” according to BBC. Lifenews.ru, an online Russian news portal with “close contacts” to the police, said a policeman had first approached the woman to check her documents near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station when she suddenly removed the head from her bag and threatened to blow herself up in the middle of the public square.
“She was standing near the metro entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!'” said eyewitness Polina Nikolskaya. “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.”
The terrifying incident was reportedly caught on camera by the outlet, and showed the woman waving the head the air before a being tackled to the ground by a policeman. Thankfully, the woman was said to not have had any explosives on her at the time, although police do believe that she may have been under the influence of “psychotropic drugs.” The woman was arrested on charges of murder.
The tragic incident reportedly came just hours after officers discovered the remains of the child’s body at a nearby apartment in the north-western part of the capitol. Investigators believe that the nanny killed the young girl and set fire to her family’s home before moving to the subway station. Once in police custody, the woman reportedly told police that she was upset over problems with her husband at the time, The Guardian adds, although a clear motive for the killing is still unknown.
“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,” said investigators in the statement to BBC. It is not yet clear if the tragic incident has been deemed a terrorist attack.
The woman is said to currently be under going psychiatric tests as a result of “clearly deranged behavior,” in order to establish whether she is “capable of understanding the significance of her actions,” Moscow’s investigative committee said in a statement. There were “signs of a violent death” in the apartment and the child’s murder was “monstrous and inexplicable,” Russian federal child welfare commissioner Pavel Astakhov said in a statement posted on the agency’s website.
We can’t even begin to comprehend the horrific nature of this heartbreaking crime. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the little girl and all of those affected.