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A woman is being held in Moscow after she allegedly walked into a police station holding a child’s severed head.
She was seen carrying the head near Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in the Russian capital this morning, and was heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ after being detained, The Mirror reports.
Witnesses claim the 39-year-old was wandering the streets for an hour and threatening to blow herself up at the scene, but police found no explosives on her.
It is believed the woman was babysitting the child and waited for her parents to leave before killing and beheading her.
The girl’s body was found at the scene of a fire in a block of flats near the metro station.
Yulia Ivanova, an official spokesperson for Moscow’s Interior Ministry, said:
[The suspect] had waited until the parents left with the older child, and for unknown reasons committed murder of the child, set the apartment on fire and left the scene of the crime.
Witness Alyona Kuratova told Russia’s Rain TV:
I came out of the shopping center and there were a bunch of people running, screaming ‘bomb bomb’.
I saw that a woman was walking near the metro, near the road, all in black. She had a head.
An eyewitness at the underground station told MK the woman screamed: “My child was killed…I will blow up everyone. I hate democracy.”
According to the Daily Mail, the dead girl was four-years-old and was said to have learning difficulties and could not walk.
The girl’s mother was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state after learning of her daughter’s death.
Police have been told the woman had been working as a nanny for the family for 18 months, and a source told Interfax that she was ‘drugged’ during the incident.
She has since been charged with murder and is undergoing psychiatric testing.