A policeman stands guard outside the restaurant attacked last week ©Press Association Images
A policeman stands guard outside the restaurant attacked last week ©Press Association Images

H&M advise travel ban after Bangladesh attack

5 July 2016

H&M have advised against all unnecessary travel to Bangladesh after a terrorist attack in the capital Dhaka left 20 dead including 18 foreign nationals.

H&M describes Bangladesh as "one of our most important production markets" and said it was "following developments" following the attack.

“We are deeply sorry about the attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh,” said a spokeswoman for H&M. “None of H&M’s co-workers are affected [and] we have safety routines to assure our co-workers safety on-site. ”

She added: “There are no plans [for] changing any sourcing but we are following the development closely.”

There are also reports Japanese company Fast Retailing, owners of fashion brand UNIQLO, has issued a ban on all non-essential travel to the country.

Seven of last week’s fatalities were Japanese nationals.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) say the garment industry contributed more than 80% of Bangladesh’s exports for the years 2014-15 and was worth almost US$27bn in 2015.

Last week’s attack took place at a European style cafe in the affluent Gulshan district of Dhaka called the Holey Artisan Bakery, said to be popular with expatriates and wealthy locals.

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