Bangladeshi police shot dead two people when a Moslem mob attacked a shoe factory they said was producing shoes with a design resembling the Arabic world for Allah, officials said Monday.
More than 100 were injured in the melee at the Bata shoe plant, near Dhaka, Sunday night. Police said they opened fire after the mob threatened to destroy the plant. The Canada-based company says the controversial design was meant to resemble "hanging bells." Bata has said it would withdraw the shoe from sale and apologized for upsetting religious feelings. At least 50 people were injured during protests Friday called by fundamentalist groups after newspapers printed pictures of the offending shoe. About 90 percent of Bangladesh's 110 million people are Moslem.