Two Members of Missing Burundi Robotics Team Spotted Crossing Into Canada

All six member of a robotics team from Africa went missing in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Four of the teens have been found and two other members were spotted crossing into Canada Thursday morning, police say.

Fox News reports:

All six members of an African robotics team that was in Washington, D.C. for an international robotics competition disappeared Tuesday — and the team’s mentor said he has no idea where the student’s could be.

The group, aged 16 to 18, were in the nation’s capital representing the small east African country of Burundi in the inaugural event of the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition.

Police said the missing teenagers — four males and two females — were last seen in the area of DAR Constitution Hall around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the last day of the three-day competition.

The D.C. Police Department identified the teenagers as: Richard Irakoze, 18; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Nice Munezero, 17; Aristide Irambona, 18; Don Ingabira, 16; and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17. They are in the U.S. on one-year visas.

Officials from the Burundi Embassy in Washington told Fox News on Thursday that they were aware of the situation but did not provide any additional details.

Another Fox News report says two members of the Burundi robotics team were spotted crossing into Canada.


Two members of an African robotics team who were reported missing from an international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. were spotted crossing into Canada on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The D.C. Police Department told Fox News that Don Ingabira, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were seen crossing the northern U.S. border into Canada. Authorities don’t suspect any foul play in the disappearance.

WLJA reported the other four teens were reportedly found with family members living in the United States.

President Trump recently intervened to allow 6 Afghan girls into the U.S. to compete in the robotics competition. The Afghan girls were initially denied entry which sparked an outrage. The girls did have a chaperone, so who was assigned to watch over the Burundi team?

After Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team was denied entry to the United States twice in two months, President Donald Trump has reportedly intervened in the case so the six girls and their chaperon can enter the U.S. to attend a competition next week.

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