This is just as I predicted. In this piece that I wrote yesterday, I asked: “Could Gulchekhra Bobokulova’s Islamic State boyfriend have exhorted her to kill the child in her care in revenge for the children allegedly killed in Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State?”
And today we learn that this was indeed the beheader’s motive: “In a video apparently made during interrogation by Russian police, Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, said she committed the murder as ‘revenge [against] those spilling blood,’ and had planned to move to Syria. Asked who she was talking about, she said: ‘Putin bombs from planes.’ ‘Why do you bomb us Muslims? Why does no one say anything? They also want to live … look, little, little children,’ she added. Asked to confirm that was why she killed the child she said: ‘Yes. As revenge.'”
“Nanny beheaded four-year-old ‘in revenge for Russian bombing of Syria,'” by Roland Oliphant, Telegraph, March 3, 2016:
The nanny who beheaded a four-year-old child has said she committed murder in revenge against Vladimir Putin for bombing Muslims in Syria, according to a video posted online.
In a video apparently made during interrogation by Russian police, Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, said she committed the murder as “revenge [against] those spilling blood,” and had planned to move to Syria.
Asked who she was talking about, she said: “Putin bombs from planes.”
“Why do you bomb us Muslims? Why does no one say anything? They also want to live … look, little, little children,” she added.
Asked to confirm that was why she killed the child she said: “Yes. As revenge.”
Ms Bobokulova, a citizen of Uzbekistan, was found clutching the head of a child and pacing the streets near the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station in northwestern Moscow on Monday morning.
Witnesses said she shouted “Allahu akbar,” and claimed to be a terrorist and to have a bomb. Police found no explosives when they arrested her.
She said at a court hearing on Wednesday that “Allah commanded” her to kill Nastya M, a four-year-old girl whose parents hired her as a nanny 18 months ago.
Investigators have said they believe Ms Bobokulova was groomed to commit the murder by extremist associates. Police sources told Interfax on Wednesday that they are hunting two suspected “instigators” who are still at large.
In the video released late on Wednesday night, Ms Bobokulova said she wanted to go to Syria but had been unable to raise enough money for the journey.
Asked if she wanted to go to Syria join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), she said simply: “I don’t know. I wanted to live there.”
The Russian interior ministry has not confirmed the authenticity of the video, but Russian media quoted anonymous law enforcement sources saying it is genuine.
The confession video emerged as Ms Bobokulova’s family spoke out about the case for the first time.
Bakhretdin Turayev, Ms Bobokulova’s father, said his daughter had never previously shown any interest in religion or attended a mosque, and had not mentioned anything out of the ordinary when he waved her off from Samarkand airport after a two-month stay at the family home in Uzbekistan on January 23.
“She never spoke about Allah before. What did they find on her, what voices told her this?” he told Gazeta.ru, a Russian news site. “Before she returned to Moscow I asked her how she was feeling, if she was ok, if she was treated well there. She said everything was fine.”…