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Floral tributes left at Moscow subway station where child's head was brandished

Published 02/03/2016 | 00:41

Flowers, children's toys and balloons have been left outside a subway station in Moscow (AP)
Flowers, children's toys and balloons have been left outside a subway station in Moscow (AP)

Floral tributes have been left at a Moscow subway station after a nanny was arrested on suspicion of killing a four-year-old girl and waving the child's severed head outside the station.

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Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov called on parents to ask prospective carers to provide a doctor's certificate confirming their mental health in the wake of the incident.

The suspect is a 38-year-old woman from Uzbekistan.

She wore a head covering and some witnesses said she shouted "Allahu akbar" while waving the bloody head on the street on Monday morning. In videos posted on Russian news websites, she was heard shouting "I am a terrorist" in Russian.

Investigators said the woman appeared to be mentally unstable.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that the news was withheld from TV at the request of the Kremlin or out of concern that the killing could stoke ethnic tensions in a country with many Muslim citizens and migrant workers.

Dmitry Peskov said the television stations made the decision themselves not to air the videos, which he described as "too horrific to show on television".

Most of the TV channels carried reports on their websites and major Russian newspapers also reported the details of the killing.

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