Shouting “Allahu Akbar” and declaring herself a terrorist… investigators are still searching for her motive.
Dressed in a black burka, a 38-year-old nanny (and mother of three sons of her own) paraded through the streets of Moscow shouting “Allahu Akbar” as she held in her hands the severed head of a child… a little child who had been entrusted in her care for the past three years.
The nanny, Gyulchehra 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. At first, witnesses didn’t realize what she was holding. “I could see that she had hair in her hands or something like that. She was waving this thing and screaming something and drawing some shapes in the air. I realized it wasn’t a wig as I thought initially, but a head – that’s why blood was dripping on her shoes and skirt.”
Horrified bystanders fled. One witness said, “I heard her yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ at least three times. And hitting herself on her chest. She was yelling something in her language. She ran to a cafe and started shouting: ‘It’s all you! All you!’”
According to local reports, she later told police she killed the girl because of her own husband’s infidelity. Investigators immediately ordered a psychiatric test of the woman in a bid to understand her motives.
The beheaded remains of the girl, identified as Anastasia (Nastya) Meshcheryakova, 4 years old, were discovered inside her cot. Her body had been dressed in her night clothes, consisting of a T-shirt and shorts. The nanny had worked for the family for approximately 3 years – living with them in their large, 2-bedroom apartment – and was “like family” to them. She cared for the little girl, who had learning disabilities and could not walk, every day while the parents worked.
Sources close to the devastated parents say the babysitter’s behavior changed after finding out a boyfriend she had met was already married. The family problems caused her ‘acute manic psychosis’, claimed the report. She spent long periods on the internet and spent ‘a long time praying’ and parents of the child, Ekaterina and Vladimir Meshcheryakov, considered replacing her just weeks before the murder. They noticed her ‘unstable mind’ but believed it was caused by fatigue.
Bobokulova told police that she went home to Uzbekistan less than two months ago and found her husband had a new wife and had started a family. According to one source, “In 2000 Gyulchekhra was officially registered as an insane. She was very ill then, she often suffered from attacks. It was dangerous to live with her, so her husband Radmin left her. Officially they divorced in 2002.”
Bobokulova had been registered at a psychiatric clinic in her homeland Uzbekistan – and her condition had been deteriorating in recent months, the source said.
A policeman added: ‘I don’t know what her parents think now. The daughter was not under their control for a long time. All villagers are talking about it now but they are surprised she did not do anything like that before.’
Bobokulova is believed to be co-operating with investigators and showed how she killed the child, with sources saying she strangled the girl before using a kitchen knife to behead her. She wanted the parents to know who had killed their daughter.
She shouted ‘I am a terrorist’ and threatened to cause an explosion but, despite the FSB security service leading the probe, the Russians so far have no evidence of a link to extremist groupings. Investigators claim she murdered the girl after starting a fire at the child’s family home in a block of flats.
The woman had a valid residency permit for Russia but was working illegally. She had no work permit, said officials. The nanny faces up to 20 years in jail if she is deemed psychologically fit to stand trial. Bobokulova had been registered at a psychiatric clinic in her homeland Uzbekistan – and her condition had been deteriorating in recent months, the source said.
In court Wednesday, she smiled, waved to journalists, and when asked about her motive, she replied that “Allah ordered her to do it.”
How many warning signs did they need?
Read more at the DailyMail.
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