In Moscow, Russia, eyewitnesses stared in horror as a woman shouted “I’m a terrorist,” while carrying the head of a dead four-year-old girl (video below).
The woman, who has been identified as 38-year-old Gyulchehra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan, allegedly murdered the girl and set fire to the apartment after the child’s parents and older brother had left the two alone. Firefighters rescued four people from the burning apartment complex before discovering the child’s decapitated body.
Bobokulova was detained at the Oktyabrskoe Pole subway station, which police closed to passengers after the woman threatened to use explosives to blow herself up.
"I came out of the shopping center and they tried to not let me through,” witness Alyona Kuratova told Rain TV, according to Express. “There were a bunch of people there, running, screaming 'bomb, bomb.’”
“She was standing near the subway entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming Allahu Akbar,” said witness Polina Nikolskaya, as reported by RBC Daily, says Daily Mail.
According to media sources, Bobokulova screamed various threats and disturbing remarks, such as, “My child was killed,” “I will blow up everyone,” “I hate democracy,” “I'm your suicide bomber,” “I'm going to die in a second,” and, “The end of the world.”
Onlookers were stunned to see the woman holding a severed head during her outburst.
"Maybe it was a child's head, like they were whispering in the crowd,” Kuratova said. “She was shouting something.”
“I saw that she had a bloodied head in her arms, but I thought it was not real,” continued Nikolskaya. “People in the crowd said it was real.”
Bobokulova was charged with murder and faces up to 20 years in prison if she is considered to be psychologically fit to stand trial. Police sources report that the woman was “drugged” and wanted to attract attention to her crime. She told police the murder was to avenge her husband's infidelity.
A spokesperson from the Investigative Committee of Russia stated, "Given the clearly inappropriate behavior of the person detained, investigators immediately appointed her to a forensic psychiatric examination to determine their ability to realize the significance of their actions and deeds."
The child’s parents said that Bobokulova had been working as their nanny for 18 months. Although she had a resident permit for Russia, she did not have a work permit and was working illegally.
Police are not treating this case as an act of terrorism.