2 AKB48 girls hurt in assault

Iriyama and her teammate, Rina Kawaei as well as one male staff had their hands slashed by a 24-year-old man with a saw during the group's handshake event with fans in Takizawa city in Iwate prefecture.

MORIOKA - A man armed with a saw assaulted and injured two members of AKB48-19-year-old Rina Kawaei and 18-year-old Anna Iriyama-and one of their support staff at a "hand-shaking" event for fans of the popular girls' idol group shortly before 5 p.m. at the Iwate Industry Culture and Convention Center on Sunday.

The man was arrested immediately at the venue in Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture, on suspicion of attempted murder.

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