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2 Missing Burundi Teens Spotted Entering Canada From US

They went missing after a robotics competition.

07/20/2017 12:34 EDT | Updated 07/20/2017 12:34 EDT

WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities say two of six Burundi teens who were reported missing after an international robotics competition in Washington have been seen crossing the border into Canada.

Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown says the whereabouts of their team members is unknown, and that the search for all the teens remains ongoing, but she stresses that police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance.

The Canadian Border Services Agency says it is not its practice to confirm or deny the entry of any person into Canada.

The missing team members include two 17-year-old girls and four males ranging in age from 16 to 18.

Police tweeted missing person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the teens last seen in the area of the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday's final matches.

The competition, designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science, attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations.

Competition organizers learned Tuesday night that the team's mentor couldn't find the six students who participated in the competition and organization President FIRST Global President Joe Sestak made the initial call to the police, according to a FIRST Global Challenge statement.

The mentor said the teens travelled from Burundi for the competition and have one-year visas, according to police reports.

The competition's webpage about Team Burundi shows the six team members posing with a flag and says team members were selected from schools in Bujumbura, the capital city.

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