Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier confirmed on Monday that forces of the so-called Islamic State had set INA oil and gas company's plants in Syria on fire, adding that Croatia would further assess the situation after all information was collected and damage was estimated.
"Preliminary reports confirm this information, but we will request a full confirmation and a damage report. After that, we will be able to further assess the situation," Stier told reporters at a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the death of members of a European Community observer mission in Podrute.
Asked about the extent of the damage, Stier reiterated that he first needed to see the reports.
According to the media, Islamic State terrorists blew up the Hayan gas plant, some 100 kilometres east of Homs.
IS claimed responsibility for the operation via Amaq News, its propaganda channel.
INA had been present in Syria since 1998 when it carried out exploration and production in line with agreements on the division of production at blocks in Aphamia and Hayan. However, due to the political and security situation in Syria, in February 2012, the company suspended all its activities at the two blocks.
INA is yet to issue the official confirmation of the latest incident.
The price of the INA stock at the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) plummeted on Monday by 3.39%.