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In 2017, a total of 126 youths had picked up the gun. It was the highest number since 2010, Local youths joining terror groups in the Kashmir Valley this year stood at 110 till July 15, with the worst militancy-hit district of Shopian in south Kashmir, officials said. The number of locals recruited was 126 last year and officials said they expected the figure to be higher this year. Reports of missing people have come down after Governor’s rule was imposed in the state last month, they said, but added that some youths continue to join militant ranks. Security agency officials said highly volatile south Kashmir, comprising Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam districts, besides Awantipora, remained a region accounting for a higher number of youths joining militant groups, including the ISIS-Kashmir and the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an outfit which claims support of the al-Qaida.From these five areas, 91 youths joined various terror groups operating in the Valley, they said.

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