Only two, rather than 10, Taliban militants were jailed for 25 years over the attempted murder of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, according to a report.
In April, it was widely reported that a Pakistani court had sentenced 10 people for being involved in plotting the attack in which Ms Yousafzai was shot in the head while travelling on a school bus and left for dead. She was targeted after campaigning for girls to receive education.
However the Daily Mirror reported that eight of the group had been acquitted and then released.
A senior Pakistani security source said they were freed “quietly, to avoid a media fuss”.