Nanny who beheaded Russian child says it was revenge for Putin's Syria strikes

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MOSCOW, March 3 (Reuters) - A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has said she acted to avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in Syria.

In video footage posted online on Thursday and circulated by several prominent bloggers, the woman, 38-year-old Gulchekhra Bobokulova of Muslim-majority Uzbekistan, gave her first detailed explanation of an incident which state TV channels chose not to report.

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"I took revenge against those who spilled blood," Bobokulova told someone asking her questions off camera. "Putin spilled blood, planes carried out bombings. Why are Muslims being killed? They also want to live."

It was not clear when the video was filmed, but Bobokulova was wearing the same clothes as during a court appearance on Wednesday.

The Kremlin launched its campaign of air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 in support of President Bashar al-Assad, an intervention that altered the course of the conflict there.

A Russian passenger plane was blown out of the skies above Egypt on Oct. 31 killing all 224 people onboard. Islamic State said it had carried out the attack in revenge for Russia's Syria campaign.

Police on Monday wrestled to the ground Bobokulova, who had been working as a nanny for a Moscow family, after she wandered around a Moscow street holding the infant's severed head in the air and shouting Islamist slogans.

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TOPSHOT - Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, reacts inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Gulchekhra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan appears in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The 38 year old nanny is accused of killing a 4-year-old girl and then waving the child's severed head outside a Moscow subway station. A Moscow court on Wednesday sanctioned her arrest for two months. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 2, 2016. Uzbekistan's citizen, babysitter Gyulchekhra Bobokulova (R), suspected of murdering a 4-year-old girl, seen ahead of a hearing into the request of her arrest at Moscow's Presnensky District Court. Early on February 29, 2016, a decapitated body of a 4-year-old girl was discovered as firefighters were battling a blaze in an apartment block in Narodnogo Opolcheniya Street. Babysitter Gyulchekhra Bobokulova has been detained near Oktyabrskoye Pole Metro Station on suspicion of murdering the child. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
In this frame grab made from the APTN footage, Gulchekhra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan appears in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The 38 year old nanny is accused of killing a 4-year-old girl and then waving the child's severed head outside a Moscow subway station. A Moscow court on Wednesday sanctioned her arrest for two months. (Vladimir Kondrashov/APTN via AP)
Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, reacts inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 2, 2016. Uzbekistan's citizen, babysitter Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, suspected of murdering a 4-year-old girl, seen ahead of a hearing into the request of her arrest at Moscow's Presnensky District Court. Early on February 29, 2016, a decapitated body of a 4-year-old girl was discovered as firefighters were battling a blaze in an apartment block in Narodnogo Opolcheniya Street. Babysitter Gyulchekhra Bobokulova has been detained near Oktyabrskoye Pole Metro Station on suspicion of murdering the child. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, looks out from a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, reacts inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
*ALTERNATIVE CROP* Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, looks on as she sits inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny suspected of killing a young girl in her care, sits inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in Moscow, on March 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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The child she is suspected of murdering was a 4-year-old girl.

Investigators in what the Russian media have dubbed the case of "the bloody nanny" quickly raised the possibility that Bobokulova was mentally ill. They have not made any mention of suspecting her of any terrorism-related offense.

On Wednesday, she told reporters Allah had ordered her to commit the grisly crime.

In the same video, she said she had wanted to relocate to Syria but had lacked the money to do so.

Russia's Investigative Committee was not immediately available to comment.

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