Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Syria claim they have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the second it has seized in a week after battles with government forces.
The hardline Sunni Islamist group posted 18 photos on social media showing the Islamic State flag raised in the Jahar gas field as well as captured vehicles and weaponry, according to the Site jihadi website monitoring service.
Reuters could not independently confirm the events due to security restrictions.
Isis fighters, who control up to a third of Syria as well as swaths of Iraq and have declared a ‘caliphate’ in the territories they control, seized the larger Sha’ar gas field on 30 October.
“So after the (Sha’ar) company and the (positions) surrounding it became part of the land of the caliphate, the soldiers advanced, conquering new areas, and all praise is due to Allah,” Islamic State said in the message.
“Yesterday they tightened control over Jahar village and the Mahr gas pumping company, and nearly nine (positions) supported by heavy weaponry such as tanks, armoured vehicles, and heavy machine guns of various calibres,” it added.
The report said Isis had captured two tanks, seven four-wheel drive cars and several heavy machine guns.
A US-led coalition has conducted air strikes against Islamic State since September. The US says it is not coordinating with forces of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to combat the Islamist group.