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A total of 2,085 youths aged between 14 and 20 were subject to police investigation in connection with serious crimes, such as murder and robbery, during the first 11 months of the year, marking a 53.8 percent jump over the same period last year, according to a report published Thursday by the National Police Agency.

The total topped 2,000 for the first time in 16 years, with the NPA pointing out that offenses involving minors marked the fourth significant rise since the end of World War II. According to the report, minors investigated in the first 11 months of 1997 totaled 139,867, a 14.5 percent increase over the same period last year.

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