Police have shot dead five suspected militants on the resort island of Bali. The group are believed to be linked to the banned Jemaah Islamiah group, who were blamed for the nightclub bombings on Bali in 2002 that killed more than 200 people.

At a press conference an Indonesian a Police spokesman explained what had happened and said

"Police in Bali shot dead five men of suspected terrorism acts on Sunday, March 18, at 20.30 Bali time."

He added that the groups had targeted various tourist locations to raise funds and this was where they were shot

"The Police added that the men were about to rob a foreign exchange bureau and a gold shop, armed with two rifles, two ammunition magazines, 48 bullets and a balaclava".

These killings follow the start of a trial last month of an Islamist militant accused of making the bombs used in the 2002 Bali nightclubs attack.