The militants made their announcement in an email to media outlets, saying its spring offensive had begun at 5 a.m., The Associated Press reported.
In their statement, the militants promised “martyrdom-seeking and tactical attacks against enemy strongholds,” suggesting they plan to use suicide bombings.
The Taliban added that in areas under their control, “mechanisms for good governance will be established so that our people can live a life of security and normalcy,” the AP said.
Responding to the Taliban’s announcement, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry said the militants “just want to show they they are still there,” the Agence France-Presse reported.
“In the past 14 years they were not able to reach their goal, and we will not allow them to do that” he said.
Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the war-ravaged country’s defense ministry, said government forces were prepared to hit back.
“Now that the Taliban have rejected peace talks, we are prepared to respond to war with war,” he said, AFP reported.
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