Teens with African robotics team missing after competition in DC

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

Six members of a Burundi robotics team competing in an global competition in Washington have been reported missing, police said Thursday, July 20.

"On the night of July 18, FIRST Global learned the adult mentor of Team Burundi was unable to find the group of six students of the team who participated in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge", the competition's organizers said in a statement.

Members of the Burundi team were reported missing about 5 p.m. Tuesday, about the time the competition at Constitution Hall wrapped up.

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

The mentor is identified in police reports as Canesius Bindaba. There are four males and two females ranging in age from 16 to 18.

On Wednesday, police tweeted out photos and information about the teens. Police reports say the mentor said the teens traveled from Burundi for the competition and have one-year visas, but he doesn't know where the teens went. Joe Sestak, the competition's president, called police and reports were submitted to the authorities who are investigating their disappearance.

In a statement given to FOX 5, the competition's host said, "Security of the students is of paramount importance to FIRST Global". Ivanka Trump attended the event Tuesday, meeting with the Afghan girls.

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