KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ The bodies of 153 sect members were found today strangled and hacked to death in a mass grave in western Uganda near a church where hundreds perished in a fire, police said.

The bodies, which included 59 children, were discovered as police continue to investigate the deaths of at least 330 members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, who were burned alive in a sect compound 20 miles away in remote southwestern Uganda.

Police said they were now treating all the deaths as mass murder.

``It was definitely murder,'' police spokesman Assuman Mugenyi told The Associated Press.