DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Twelve people died on the spot and three others were seriously injured on Monday when their mini-bus plunged into Lake Victoria in Mwanza region, police said.
Ahmed Msangi, the Mwanza regional police commander, said the bus plunged into the lake, the largest in Africa, at Kigogo ferry on its way to Mwanza city from Sengerema district.
Msangi said two passengers were still missing, adding that the they might have drowned in the lake shared by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
"The police have launched a rescue mission searching for the missing passengers," said Msangi.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli sent a condolence message to Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella and families of those who lost their beloved ones.
"I have received with great shock and sadness news on the grisly accident that killed 12 innocent people," said Magufuli in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
President Magufuli also wished the injured passengers quick recovery.