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Japanese idol group AKB48 – which consists of 140 girls – is temporarily down by two members. According to reports, a 24-year-old man waiting in line at a “handshake” event in Iware Prefecture on Sunday pulled out a 50 cm saw and started swinging it around.
The two girls, 19-year-old Rina Kawaei and 18-year-old Anna Iriyama, were hospitalized. A staff member who attempted to protect the girls was also injured in the attack.
“I saw with my eyes, unblocked view, of my girls running out in panic, Kawaei on the floor screaming and crying, in blood. I might never forget this. Something is lost today, that bond between fans and these idols that you can meet, and it will never be the same again,” a fan wrote on her Instagram account @ energywen.
The motive behind the attack is unclear at this time.