Two miss­ing Bu­rundi teens en­tered Canada; no foul play seen

The Western Star - - News / World -

Po­lice have re­ceived re­ports that two of the Bu­rundi teenagers miss­ing af­ter an in­ter­na­tional ro­bot­ics com­pe­ti­tion were seen cross­ing the bor­der into Canada.

A search for all the teens is on­go­ing, but po­lice have no in­di­ca­tion of foul play in their dis­ap­pear­ance, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice spokes­woman Aquita Brown said.

The teens seen cross­ing into Canada were 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Au­drey Mwamikazi, Brown said.

There was no of­fi­cial in­di­ca­tion Thurs­day that any of the teens were try­ing to avoid re­turn­ing to their homes in Africa, but a leader in the Bu­run­dian com­mu­nity in the U.S. sug­gested that they may be in­tend­ing to seek asy­lum. Im­mi­gra­tion at­tor­neys said an asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion could take years to sort out.

Po­lice tweeted miss­ing per­son fliers Wed­nes­day ask­ing for help find­ing the teens, who had last been seen at the FIRST Global Chal­lenge around the time of Tues­day’s fi­nal matches. The miss­ing team mem­bers in­clude two 17-year-old girls and four males rang­ing in age from 16 to 18.

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

A squad of girls from Afghanista­n drew the most at­ten­tion af­ter they were twice re­jected for U.S. visas and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­ter­vened.

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