'Schizophrenic' Moscow nanny killed 4-year-old girl in revenge of Russia's Syria air strikes

A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has been diagnosed schizophrenic, as footage emerged of her apparently linking the killing to Russia`s bombing in Syria.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016, 00:48 AM IST
'Schizophrenic' Moscow nanny killed 4-year-old girl in revenge of Russia's Syria air strikes

Moscow: A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has been diagnosed schizophrenic, as footage emerged of her apparently linking the killing to Russia`s bombing in Syria.

Suspect Gyulchekhra Bobokulova from Muslim-majority Uzbekistan -- whom the press have dubbed "the bloody nanny" -- was detained on Monday as she was waving the child`s severed head outside a metro station in northwestern Moscow. She was sent for psychiatric examinations.

The 38-year-old woman gave her first detailed explanation of an incident which state TV channels chose not to report.

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

After the appearance of the video, Russia`s Investigative Committee -- which reports directly to Putin -- swiftly released a statement saying Bobokulova has "long been diagnosed with schizophrenia".

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

Witnesses reported seeing an agitated woman dressed in black who threatened to "blow everyone up," with some media reports saying she shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is greatest" -- as she paced up and down with the child`s head outside a metro station.

(With agencies inputs)