Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on Thursday (May 9).

A fire service official and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said the Bangladeshi managing director of the company and a senior police officer were among the dead.

The fire, in an industrial district of Dhaka, comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry following the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the city, in the world's deadliest industrial accident since the Bhopal disaster in India in 1984.

Tung Hai Group says on its website that it has more than 1,000 employees and its customers include major Western retailers including Primark, and Inditex Group of Spain. It makes products including cardigans, jumpers and pyjamas.

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