Saw-wielding man attacks 2 members of Japanese pop group AKB48

The Associated Press
May 25, 2014 09:22 PM

In this Jan. 29, 2014 photo, Rina Kawaei of AKB48 poses in a promotion event in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Kawaei and Anna Iriyama, members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event. Japanese media reports and a statement on the group’s official blog say that 18-year-old Iriyama and 19-year-old Kawaei were cut on their hands and head. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

TOKYO - Two members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event.

Japanese media reports and a statement on the group's official blog say that 18-year-old Anna Iriyama and 19-year-old Rina Kawaei were cut on their hands and head. A male staff member also was cut on the hand.

They were taken to a hospital late Sunday afternoon for treatment.

Police arrested the attacker, a 24-year-old unemployed man.

The incident happened in Takizawa city in northeastern Japan.

AKB48 is a wildly popular song and dance troupe that has spawned affiliates across the country and in Indonesia, China and Taiwan. It has a rotating cast of more than 90 young women known in Japan as "idols."


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