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Saw-wielding man attacks Japanese girl group AKB48

Published on May 26, 2014 12:36 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Two members of Japanese girl group AKB48 were hospitalised after being attacked by a man wielding a saw at one of the band's regular meet-the-fans events, police said on Monday.

Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18, both broke bones in their right hands and received cuts on their arms and heads caused by the 50-centimetre saw at the event in Iwate in northern Japan.

Reports said the attack came after a mini concert early afternoon on Sunday as fans were lining up to shake hands with performers inside booths.

Kawaei and Iriyama were inside the same booth when a man in the queue suddenly produced a saw, the Yomiuri daily said.

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