May 25th at around 5 pm (JST), a shocking incident happened at an AKB48 handshake event in Iwate Prefecture. A young man armed with a sharp object, supposedly a saw, attacked AKB48 members.
Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna as well as a staff member were injured on their hands and brought to a hospital. Sources report broken fingers and lacerations. According to an official statement on the AKB48 blog and the King Records homepage the injuries are not life-threatening.
The man was immediately held down by staff members and then arrested by the police for attempted murder. According to some source the attacker is a 24 year old unemployed man from Towada City in Aomori Prefecture.
King Records Official Homepage
I am shocked. What is wrong with people?