According to a report by News18 quoting govt data, 2020 saw the second highest militant spike in the last 10 years. The numbers come even as the govt claimed that abrogation of Article 370 and 'unhindered' security operations will stamp out militancy from the valley. The data quoted by the report shows there isn't much of a gap between the number of militants killed and youth joining militancy. From January to the first week of November, 191 militants, including 20 foreigners, were killed in security operations. But around the same time, 145 youth signed up for militancy. Figures reveal that the highest number of militants killed -- 254 in 107 encounters -- and recruitment (210) was recorded in 2018. In comparison, 191 have been killed in 86 encounters and 145 youth joined militancy this year.