From the Malay Mail Online (Jun 25): Malaysian IS-linked militant Mahmud Ahmad believed to have fled Marawi
Police believed Islamic State militant group member Dr Mahmud Ahmad who was allegedly killed in a clash in Marawi, the Philippines has left the area.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the former Universiti Malaya lecturer was believed to have escaped with Isnilon Hapilon, the head of the Abu Sayyaf group in Basilan.
“The Philippine authorities informed that Hapilon had escaped from Marawi and there is a big possibility that Mahmud was with him.
“We cannot confirm this but we have received information from the relevant parties in the Philippines saying Mahmud is still alive,” he said at a media conference at the IGP’s Aidilfitri open house in Bukit Aman here today.
Last Friday, Khalid denied the news that Mahmud was killed in a clash in Marawi City together with fellow militants there.