From InterAksyon (Mar 16): Agbimuddin Kiram flees Sabah, is back in Philippines, says Malaysia
Agbimuddin Kiram, the brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who led Filipinos some 200 Filipinos to Sabah last month to reassertthe Sultanate's claim over the territory, is believed to have fled back to the Philippines, Bernama, the official portal of the National News Agency of Malaysia reported Friday night, quoting police and military officials.
A separate report from Star Malaysia quoted Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Jeneral Zulkifeli Mohd Zin as saying that Agbimuddin "has abandoned his men and fled to his homeland." Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar told Malaysian journalists that, going by field commanders' reports, Agbimuddin was no longer with his group in Sabah.
"Agbimuddin Kiram also known as Azzimudie Kiram is believed to have fled to the Philippines, leaving behind his followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah," a Bernama report carried by the independent news site Malaysiakini.com said. "Heavy mortar attacks by the security forces are believed to have forced the terrorists to break into smaller groups, resulting in 10 more individuals detained."
Military operations against the Filipino "intruders" will continue, notwithstanding the purported "fleeing" of Kiram, Malaysia's defense officials said.
Members and leaders of the Kiram group have yet to respond to Malaysia's latest report.