AKB48: Japanese girl band members hurt in saw attack

AKB48 members Rina Kawaei (L) and Anna Iriyama speak to media after being discharged. Credit: Reuters

Two members of popular Japanese girl band AKB48 have been discharged from hospital after a man wielding a saw attacked them at a fan event.

Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18, received cuts to the hands and heads after a man slashed them with the instrument, according to local news network Kyodo.

An upcoming concert in Tokyo was cancelled after the attack, along with other fan events.

A 24-year-old man has since been arrested.