AKB48 Iriyama Anna & Kawaei Rina injured by a saw-wielding man during handshake event in Iwate

  May 25, 2014
AKB48 Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna injured during Handshake event in Iwate

AKB48 member Kawaei Rina (19 y.o) and Iriyama Anna (18 y.o)

Our heart and prayers go out to all the today’s victims, including a brave staff, who had his left hand injured in an attempt to save the girls.

We saw some tweets from people on the site that say the attacker was subdued by none other than… “fans“, and subsequently arrested. Just so heartbreaking that somebody could hurt these innocent girls…

AKB48 members injured by saw-wielding man in Iwate


ORIOKA– A saw-wielding man injured two members of the popular idol girls group AKB48 and a man believed to be a staff member on May 25 at an event to greet fans in Iwate Prefecture, police and other sources said.

The two injured AKB48 members are Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18.

Police apprehended the 24-year-old assailant. They are investigating him on suspicion of attempted murder.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. in the Iwate Sangyo Bunka Center (Iwate industry and culture center), named Apio, in Takizawa in the central part of the prefecture.

The three injured people were immediately transported to a hospital by ambulance. Their injuries are not life-threatening, sources said.

Chronological tweets relating to the incident

Source: Mainichi