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Burundi Robotics Team Missing, 2 Seen Entering Canada

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By    |   Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 02:16 PM

Two members from the Burundi robotics team, who reportedly went missing at an international robotics competition in Washington, D.C., with the rest of the group, were seen crossing into Canada early Thursday.

The two teenage boys Don Ingabira, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were reported missing Tuesday night, according to Fox News.

Ingabira and Mwamikazi are part of a six-member African robotics team that consists of two girls and four boys. The team was competing at the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition.

Tuesday marked the third and last day of the competition. Police said the group was last seen together near the DAR Constitution Hall in D.C. at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

FIRST Global President Joe Sestak made the 911 call after the team's mentor wasn't able to locate the teens.

"Security of the students is of paramount importance to FIRST global," FIRST Global said in a statement. "FIRST Global ensures that all students get to their dormitories after the daily competition by providing safe transportation to the students staying at Trinity Washington University who are always to be under close supervision of their adult mentor and are advised not to leave the premises unaccompanied by the mentor."

According to NPR, D.C. police said there's been "no indication of foul play" in this matter.

The other robotics members still missing are Richard Irakoze, 18; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Nice Munezero, 17; and Aristide Irambona, 18. They are reportedly with members of their family in the U.S., WJLA-TV reported.

The teens traveled to the U.S. from the small east African country on one-year visas to attend the competition, the station reported. Political tensions in the country sparked sporadic violence since April 2015, Fox News said.

D.C. police said the matter is still under investigation.

The competition, which included teams from more than 150 countries, drew attention when a team of girls from Afghanistan were twice denied visas before being allowed to travel to the U.S. for the event.

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Two members from the Burundi robotics team, who reportedly went missing at an international robotics competition in Washington, D.C., with the rest of the group, were seen crossing into Canada early Thursday.
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