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Nanny suspected of child beheading in Moscow acted not alone — investigators

March 02, 10:59 UTC+3
Accomplices and inciters of the crime are yet to be identified, investigators say
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Gyulcherkhra Bobokulova

Gyulcherkhra Bobokulova

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MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. A nanny from Uzbekistan detained in Moscow earlier this week carrying a severed head of a four-year old child in her care has been arrested by the city court for two months.

The woman, Gyulcherkhra Bobokulova, will remain in custody until April 29, the judge of Moscow’s Presnensky court said. The 38-year old nanny remained cold-blooded in court and agreed with the arrest. "I have no objection," she said.

Investigator said Bobokulova could have acted not alone and there might have been inciters of the brutal murder. These persons have not been yet identified and a search for them is underway.

In addition to murder charges, the woman, who came to Russia in late January, had no permanent place of residence in the country and permission for work.

The nanny dressed in black was detained by police near subway in northwest Moscow on Monday as she carried the head in her hands and threatened to blow herself up. Bomb disposal experts later said no explosives were found in her belongings.

Investigators said the woman had waited until the parents and the elder child left and killed the four-year-old girl named Nastya, setting the apartment on fire. The child was found without the head, investigators said.

On Tuesday morning, Muscovites brought heaps of flowers, toys, chocolate and baby food to an improvised memorial near the metro station to commemorate the murdered child.

The gruesome killing sent shockwaves in Moscow questioning the professionalism of police with many saying the woman had not been caught quickly enough.

However, an expert told the Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Wednesday police had no grounds to open fire at the woman and acted in a right way in such an extraordinary situation.

"I repeat that there were no grounds to shoot. Article 23 of the law "On police" says firearms must not be used against women," said Valery Kruchenkov, the deputy chief for police operative work in northwest Moscow.

A video circulated online showed that one of police officers ran away from the woman. "He was not a coward, he had to do so. He ran to shut the metro exits to stop the flow of people," Kruchenkov said. Police were right when they did no apprehend the suspected terrorist immediately, he stressed. "All the measures were primarily focused on evacuating citizens."


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