KABUL: The Afghan Taliban on Monday said they would not target civilians in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the war-torn country.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement promised taking all possible measures to spare civilians and taking care of their properties during the electoral exercise scheduled for 20 October, Afghan media reported.

However, the Taliban warned of attacking security forces during the elections.

Zabihullah Mujahid termed the elections as a “malicious American conspiracy”, and said they would not hold back to disrupt the exercise.

The Taliban spokesman said that people trying to help in holding elections by providing security should be targeted and no stone should be left unturned for the prevention and failure of the election.

The warning cams as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met Afghan leaders to discuss ways of ending the 17-year-old war in the country.

The Taliban have also directed Afghans to boycott the parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17-year-old war.