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Police nationwide logged 1,097 cases of murder, attempted murder and murder plots last year, down 200 from the previous year and marking the fewest on record in the postwar era, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Friday.

After peaking at 3,081 in 1954, the number of cases of murder, attempted murder and murder plots recognized by the police after reports or complaints by victims or others, has dropped to one-third of this figure.

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