The number of felonies perpetrated by minors involving the use of knives jumped 35 percent in 1997 compared with the previous year, the National Police Agency announced Thursday.

The NPA reported that minors over 14 were involved in 162 cases of murder, robbery, rape and other serious crimes involving knives last year. It said 199 cases of extortion, assault and other violent crimes were also perpetrated by youths in the same age group, up 18.5 percent from the year before.

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