Chad's Deby says regional powers ready for 'total war' on Boko Haram

May 17, 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby said on Saturday countries neighboring Nigeria were ready to wage war against Islamist militant group Boko Haram as fears mount the group will spread beyond its borders and destabilize the wider region.

"There is determination to tackle this situation head on ... to launch a war, a total war on Boko Haram," he said after a meeting in Paris to define a common strategy to fight the Islamist group.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Janet Lawrence)