The United States is warning about travel to Bangladesh and tightening restrictions on family members accompanying U.S. government officials posted in the South Asian country. The State Department says that "terrorist groups" there pose a continuing threat. It announced Thursday that only employed adult family members of U.S. government personnel can remain in Dhaka.
The traditionally moderate Muslim nation has seen a wave of extremist violence since 2015. An attack in July last year on a Dhaka restaurant popular with foreigners killed 20 hostages, including one American. The department says the Islamic State group threatened in October to target tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries and sports teams.
About 98 percent of apparel sold in American stores is made in countries such as Bangladesh, India and China, which offer low prices on manufacturing because of low national minimum wage requirements and lax worker regulations. In fact, after China, Bangladesh is the world’s largest exporter of ready-made garments, where the minimum monthly wage for garment workers is $68, compared with about $280 in mainland China.