A black-clad woman holding the severed head of a child and reportedly shouting “I am a terrorist” was arrested by Russian police outside a Moscow metro station on Monday, the Russian news channel RT reported.
In a video, the woman can be heard screaming: “I’m a terrorist. I want you dead. Look, I’m a suicide bomber, I’ll die; the end of the world will come in a second.”
She said she had been cursed and destroyed “so many times,” and announced: “I hate democracy. I’m a terrorist.”
The Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement that firefighters had found the body of a child aged or three or four, which bore “signs of violent death,” after dousing a blaze in an apartment block in Moscow. An initial probe pointed to the child’s nanny, who is suspected of murdering the child and setting the apartment alight after the child’s parents and older sibling had left, the statement said.
Citing a law enforcement source, the Interfax news agency identified the woman as 38-year-old Gyulchekhra Bobokulova of majority-Muslim Uzbekistan.
The LifeNews agency, said to be close to law enforcement agencies, said that when police approached her for a document check at a metro station in the capital’s northwest, she took the head out of her bag and started yelling that she had killed a child. The agency said “betrayal by her husband” had driven her to murder, although the connection was not explained.
On hearing the news, the child’s mother lost consciousness and was taken to hospital, Russia’s Zvezda TV channel reported.
Police sealed some metro exits and evacuated local shoppers, according to the Tass news agency.
Investigators said the suspect would undergo a psychiatric examination to establish whether she “understands the meaning of her actions and behavior.”
Russia’s interior ministry declined to comment.