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LILONGWE (Reuters) - An infestation of armyworms, a pest that has hit maize fields in southern Africa, has spread across the length and width of Malawi, a senior government official said on Tuesday. "The armyworms have now spread affecting all the 28 districts (and) threatening the crop for this year ...we are prepared and we will put it under control," Erica Maganga, principal secretary in the ministry of agriculture, told Reuters. (Reporting by Mabvuto Banda; editing by Ed Stoddard and Jason Neely)
At least four soldiers were killed and five wounded on Tuesday when a roadside bomb that Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it planted exploded outside a military camp in a town near Mogadishu, officials said. Further south, Kenyan soldiers working under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killed seven al Shabaab fighters in a Somali district on the countries' border, Kenyan authorities said. The blast in Afgoye, about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the capital, took place a day after the insurgent group carried out a raid on the same town that was repulsed by government troops, Major Osman Abdulle, a police officer, told Reuters.