INA's Syrian Gas Facilities Torched By Islamic State



Reuters

ZAGREB, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have set fire to facilities on gas fields in Syria owned by Croatian energy group INA, Croatia's foreign minister said on Monday.

Responding to reporters' questions about media reports of an Islamic State attack on the facilities, which had been mothballed in early 2012 because of the civil war in Syria, Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said: "The first reports we got confirm it, but we will seek additional information to get a final confirmation and an assessment of damage."

INA is nearly 50 percent owned by Hungary's MOL with the Croatian government holding close to 45 percent.

The two stakeholders have been at odds for years over management rights and investment policy and Zagreb said last month that its goal now is to buy back INA shares from MOL.

(Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by David Goodman)



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