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Kenya court strikes out sections of security law gov't says it adopted to fight extremism

A Kenyan court says seven sections of a contentious law the government says will help Kenya curb a wave of extremist attacks are unconstitutional.

Opposition leaders and human rights activist have spoken out about these sections and others, saying they would be used to crack down on descent.

The five judge bench said Monday that the seven sections contravened the Bill of rights, including one that imposed fines on journalists for publishing stories and pictures related to extremism without permission from the police chief.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta faces pressure to deal with insecurity caused by a string of attacks by the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab. The group was responsible for the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, which killed 67 people. It has also staged multiple attacks in Kenya.