Mobile operator MTN has filed a motion to dismiss a case brought against it in a US court for allegedly paying protection money to the Taliban military organisation in Afghanistan.

The lawsuit was lodged in December 2019 by more than 100 families of US soldiers killed by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. They alleged that MTN, along with five other Western businesses, paid money to the Taliban to prevent its network infrastructure from being targeted and destroyed. According to the court papers, this financial support to the US-designated terrorist organisation was in part paid using money MTN borrowed from a subsidiary of the World Bank based in the US...

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