In a bizarre incident, a man dug up his parents’ graves with an intention to exchange their bones for a motorbike. The incident took place in Mozambique, a country in East Africa, last week.

Police said a businessman promised the unidentified man a motorcycle and over $300 in cash in exchange for bones. The man accordingly exhumed the bodies of his parents and uncle and removed their bones. He then went to the businessman's place to give the bones, however, he was not there.

The man was detained by the police Friday. During interrogation, the man confessed to the crime and was taken into custody. It was, however, not clear how the police got information about the incident.

Meanwhile, speaking to local media, the unidentified man said, “The boss told me to look for bones from people who died without getting sick. In exchange, you will get a motorbike. I went to a family cemetery, dug up the bones from my father's, my mother's and my uncle's graves.”

Though the exact reason behind the businessman wanting the bones was not known, reports suggested that it could be linked to witchcraft.

Police said this was the fifth such incident in the area this year.

In a similar incident in Subukia, Kenya, in March this year, a 22-year-old Patrick Mwangi dug out the remains of his father who was buried 19 years ago with an intention to sell the bones and become rich.

“I had woken up and as usual, I walked around the compound to ensure that things were well. I was surprised to see a heap of fresh soil near my late in-law’s grave. Upon moving closer, I saw Mwangi inside and he was busy digging deeper,” a relative of Mwangi said.

In the photo, workers are seen digging graves at the Paloko cemetery in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde