A nanny accused of beheading a four-year-old girl has said she did it to avenge the “spilled blood” of Muslims killed by Russian air strikes in Syria.
Gulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, from Uzbekistan – which has a Muslim majority population – gave her first detailed explanation of the heinous attack in a video posted online on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
She was seen outside a subway station in Moscow on Monday carrying the head of the girl who had been in her care.
When she appeared in court yesterday, the mother-of-three told reporters that “Allah ordered” the killing.
In the video circulated, she specifically pinpointed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced in September that Russia would launch air strikes “against terrorist groups” in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
“I took revenge against those who spilled blood,” Bobokulova told an off-camera interviewer.
“Putin spilled blood, planes carried out bombings. Why are Muslims being killed? They also want to live.”
She said she had wanted to go to live in Syria but did not have the money to do so.
It was unclear from where the video had originated or who was questioning her, but Bobokulova appeared to be wearing the same clothes she wore in court on Wednesday.
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