Two members of the missing Burundi teenage Robotics team have been found and are safe as confirmed by the Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday.
The teens have been identified as Don Ingabire, 16 and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17. They were last seen the past week crossing the border into Canada. The Burundi Robotics team went missing after a competition in Washington last week.
The Metropolitan Police Department, however, refused to say where and when the two teens were exactly found, pointing to department procedures for missing persons that must be followed. It is still not clear, as well, why or how they have gone missing.
Karimah Bilal, police spokeswoman said: “The others are still missing, so the case is still under investigation.”
The Burundi team composed of four boys and two girls were last seen on July 18 after the conclusion of the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge. Organizers said the disappearance from the team members from the African nation could have been a case of “self-initiated” because the students’ hotel keys were left in a chaperone’s bag while their clothes were taken. Police have already said they did not suspect foul play.
The Burundian embassies in Ottawa and Washington said on Tuesday that they were both unaware that two members from the team had been found already.
Still missing from the Burundi Robotics team are Nice Munezero, 17, Kevin Sabumukiza, 17, Richard Irakoze, 18, and Aristotle Irambona, 18.
More than 150 countries sent high school students to participate in the FIRST Global Robotics competition. An all-girl squad from Afghanistan was initially barred from entering the U.S. and denied visas until President Donald Trump intervened and paved the way for their entry to the country.
Burundi remains affected by civil war and other violence. At least 700 had been killed in the fighting and 400,000 people were forced from their homes since April 2015.