Islamabad, June 5: Eight of the 10 men who were convicted of attacking child activist Malala Yousaufzai were freed on Friday by a Pakistani court.
Senior police official Salim Khan said the eight men were freed because there was not enough evidence to connect them to the 2012 attack.
The only reason for their release was lack of proof against them, said the senior official.
In April this year, a court had awarded life imprisonment to ten persons in connection with attack on Yousufzai [Attackers of Malala Yousafzai get life imprisonment]
Pakistani Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for attacking Malala in 2012 as she travelled home from school in Swat, northwest of the capital Islamabad.
She was shot in the head and airlifted to Britain for treatment.