- The Washington Times - Monday, February 29, 2016

Russian police arrested a woman brandishing a child’s severed head and threatening to activate a bomb outside a Moscow subway station on Monday, officials said.

The woman, dressed in a hijab, had the head in her hands and screamed, “I am your death!” “I’m a terrorist!” and “Allahu Akbar!” at passersby, witnesses told police, the New York Post reported.

“I was on my way to the metro station from home. She was standing near the metro entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming Allahu Akbar,” Russian journalist Polina Nikolskaya told Reuters. “I saw that she had a bloodied head in her arms, but I thought it was not real. People in the crowd said it was real.”

No explosives were found on the woman, who is believed to have been the deceased child’s babysitter, police said. Authorities linked her to an apartment fire in northwest Moscow where the 4-year-old’s headless body was found, officials said.

“The child was found without the head. The nurse took the head away,” police spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova told the government-owned TASS news agency. “The woman waited till the parents and the elder child are gone and killed the toddler, setting the apartment on fire.”

Law enforcement sources told Interfax news agency the suspect is 38-year-old Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, the New York Post reported. She has been placed in psychiatric care to determine whether she is capable of understanding her actions, the Moscow Investigative Committee said in a statement, the BBC reported.

Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s children’s rights commissioner, called the crime “monstrous and inexplicable,” the New York Post reported.

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