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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ingush Camps Will Close by Oct. 1

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia -- The acting chief of Chechnya's pro-Moscow administration said Thursday that tent camps for Chechen refugees in neighboring Ingushetia will be closed by Oct. 1, Interfax reported.

"All refugees will have been moved to Grozny," Chechen administration chief Anatoly Popov was quoted by Interfax as saying.

Popov, Chechnya's prime minister, is filling in for administration chief Akhmad Kadyrov while Kadyrov runs for the Chechen presidency in an Oct. 5 election.

Popov said those who do not want to return to Chechnya will be provided with housing in Ingushetia.

He said that about 9,500 refugees currently live in the camps in Ingushetia.

In other news, rebels seized a local administration office in southern Chechnya, stole three vehicles and then set fire to the building before slipping back into the mountainous terrain, an official in the Moscow-backed Chechen administration said Wednesday.

Two Chechen police offices were wounded in the fighting in the town of Mekhety, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.