The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama controlled by a religious sect.The deceased include a pregnant woman and five of her children.
Authorities believe that a religious sect performed an exorcism on the victims in the Ngäbe-Buglé region in the north-west of Panama. A further 15 were freed from alleged captivity.
Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Prosecutors announced on Thursday that they were investigating the case.
The bodies were found is a remote area about 250km (155 miles) from Panama City. It is controlled by a religious sect called the New Light of God.
The 15 people rescued suffered bodily injuries, a police official confirmed.The suspects, which include a minor, are expected to appear in court on Friday or Saturday.