Cameroon’s security forces have rescued kidnapped students and one teacher after a raid on a camp of separatist fighters in the South-West region.
The group of nine, not 20 as first reported, was taken from a school in the city of Kumba, on Tuesday.
Four attackers were shot dead in the operation but one was captured, a senior official told the BBC.
Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions have been hit by a separatist rebellion since last year.
Armed groups in the two English-speaking regions have called on local residents to boycott schools until a referendum on independence is held.
Protests against marginalisation by the country’s French-speaking majority have been met with a crackdown.
They want to create an independent state called Ambazonia.