BOGOTA, Colombia — As the Colombian government sought Friday to explain how one of the world's most wanted drug traffickers could vanish from a heavily guarded prison, President Cesar Gaviria fired military officers and jail officials.
The drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar, and nine underlings could not have fled Wednesday from a prison 1 1/2 miles high in the Andes outside Medellin without help from the military and jail guards.
Radio Caracol of Bogota reported Friday that an informant said Escobar got away in an army truck. It said another informant said Thursday that Escobar paid $1.4 million in bribes to escape.
Escobar said Thursday in a tape-recorded message that he would surrender under U.N. supervision. The president's office said attorneys for Escobar issued the following conditions Friday for his surrender: