Apparel industry leaders in Bangladesh are calling on the government to ramp up security after a group of Spanish buyers was attacked.

The group, consisting of seven buyers from Spanish firm JHK Traders, was attacked on Saturday (23 November) as its cars passed through Merul-Badda in the capital Dhaka.

The buyers were travelling to knitwear factory Wisdom Attaires at Fatulla in Narayangonj to place orders for next year.

Mohammad Hatem, vice-president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), told just-style that JHK Trader sources garments worth $40m a year from Bangladesh - but did not place any orders following the ordeal.

JHK sells T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, polar fleece, windbreakers and shirts, according to the company's website.

The BKMEA leader fears the incident will further tarnish the country's reputation.