"The Taliban's spring offensive announcement is reckless". Khogyani said eight police were wounded and several Taliban fighters were killed in hours of fighting. "If executed, it will only yield more suffering and thousands of more casualties", he said, adding that "a call for fighting suggests the Taliban are stuck in the ways of the past".
The Taliban also called on fighters to avoid civilian deaths in their attacks.
The Taliban declared the start of their annual spring offensive on Friday, but the announcement has little meaning as the insurgents have managed to keep up a steady tempo of attacks even during the harsh winter months in recent years.More news: Microsoft is offering 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for $1
The insurgents effectively control almost half of Afghanistan and have continued to launch daily attacks on security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months.
A Taliban statement said the objective of the "Al-Fath" ("Victory") operation was that of "eradicating occupation, cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption, establishing an Islamic system along with defending and serving our believing fellow countrymen".
The attack began on Friday around 8 pm local time when suicide bombers detonated two trucks loaded with explosives against the administrative headquarters of Shirzad district and an adjacent security base, the provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyanai told EFE. But they were "pushed back and defeated" by security forces, said the government in a statement.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office on Saturday condemned "in the strongest words" the announcement of Operation Fath.
Las year saw the Taliban entered landmark face-to-face talks for peace with the USA, but the Kabul government has yet to be made part of these talks.More news: Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway
"The continuation of war is no one's interest", it said.
The spring offensive traditionally marks the start of the so-called fighting season, though fighting nowadays continues unabated throughout the year.
The Taliban have long refused to speak officially with Kabul, calling the government a "puppet" of the West. "We assemble the Resolute Support leadership together and Gen. Miller said the Taliban have made it clear that they have ignored the will of the people and have guaranteed more violence", Butler said. The militants captured Ghazni city, the capital of eastern Ghazni government, for days in 2018, besides gaining grounds in several districts, but failed to capture any province or important district.
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