Bangladesh shuts 18 garment factories after disaster

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh has shut down 18 garment plants for safety reasons after a building housing five garment factories collapsed last month, killing more than 800 people, a minister said on Wednesday.

"Sixteen factories have been closed down in Dhaka and two in Chittagong," textile minister Abdul Latif Siddique told reporters, adding that more plants would be shut as part of strict new measures to ensure safety.