Mozambican police arrested nine people suspected of being linked to the torture and live burial of seven suspected cattle rustlers in the Manhiça district near the capital, Maputo, the BBC reported.
The provincial police spokesman, Juarce Martins, confirmed the deaths and arrests.
The identity of the victims had not yet been confirmed, Mr Martins said.
“Team of government officials had gone to the site to exhume the bodies,” he said.
Over the weekend, some relatives of the victims went to collect the bodies of their relatives, the agency reported.