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By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete promised to end a wave of killings of albinos, saying the witchcraft-related murders were shaming his east African nation. Activists say attackers have killed at least 75 albinos in Tanzania since 2000 to use their body parts in rituals. "We will not allow things to escalate as they did in previous years," Kikwete said in a national address late on Monday. "I believe that with close cooperation between the government and society, we will succeed in ending these killings of persons with albinism and rid our nation of this shame." There are about 200,000 albinos in Tanzania, most of them easily recognisable as they lack pigment in their skin, eyes and hair. Witch doctors often tell clients that albino body parts will bring them luck in love, life and business. Similar beliefs exist in other African societies, but activists say attacks on albinos are particularly prevalent in Tanzania. "It is a false belief that if someone has the body part of a person with albinism, this will bring success in business, fishing and mining activities.