AKB48: Japanese girl band members hurt in saw attack

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

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