A nanny who is accused of murdering and decapitating a child has said “Allah ordered” her to do it.
Gulchekhra Bobokulova, from Uzbekistan, was seen outside a Moscow subway station on Monday carrying the four-year-old girl’s head.
Bobokulova, who was the victim’s nanny, appeared at a Moscow court on Wednesday. Asked by reporters outside about why she murdered the child, the mother-of-three replied: “Allah ordered.” She also said that she had repented for her actions and that she agreed with her arrest.
Inside the court, the 38-year-old reportedly waved and said: “I am Allah’s messenger. Hello everyone.”
When asked if she accepted her guilt, she answered “yes,” the BBC reported.
But prosecutors told the court that they believed Bobokulova, a mother-of-three, was not acting on her own and that there were individuals who “incited” her to carry out the attack. No other individuals have been identified in connection with the crime.
The court approved her detention for two months while the investigation continues. Investigators suspect her of murder but it is not known whether they suspect her of offences related to terror.
Earlier this week, officials said the suspect appeared to be mentally unstable.
Bobokulova, who had been wearing a hijab, was seen walking to the station carrying the child’s head on CCTV. According to some witnesses, she shouted “Allahu akbar”.
In a video posted on Russian news websites, she was heard shouting: “I am a terrorist. I am your death.”
Bobokulova also set fire to the family’s flat.