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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dozens Detained in Chechnya Mop-Up

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- Pro-Moscow Chechen police raided bomb-shattered apartment houses and basements in Grozny on Sunday in a continuing search for suspected rebels, officials said.

The security sweep was one of several throughout Chechnya in which about 100 suspects have been detained over the past 24 hours, said an official with the Moscow-backed Chechen administration. The operation in Grozny has been under way since Thursday.

Charges have been brought against six of those detained in Grozny, Chechen police chief Akhmed Dakayev was quoted by Interfax as saying.

Meanwhile, a United Nations delegation toured refugee camps near Grozny on Friday, bringing new tents and some relief for Chechens spending their third winter in muddy, crowded settlements.

On the same day, Chechen refugees in neighboring Ingushetia were told that they would no longer be receiving their free bread rations. Ingush officials blamed the stop on Moscow's failure to provide promised compensation, NTV reported. Ingush acting President Akhmed Malsagov flew to Moscow on Friday to try to sort out the problem.