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A chemistry professor at Sweden’s Lund University intervened to rescue a doctoral student from an Islamic State warzone, The Local reported.

In 2014, Firas Jumaah contacted his adviser, Charlotta Turner, and told her that he and his family were hiding from Islamic State fighters. Jumaah, a member of the Yazidi ethnic minority group hated by the Islamic State, had entered the war zone voluntarily after learning from his wife that Islamic State fighters had captured the village next door.  

Upon learning her student was in danger, Turner contacted Lund’s then security chief, who hired a security company to arrange what ended up being a successful rescue mission for Jumaah and his wife and two children. "It was a unique event. As far as I know no other university has ever been involved in anything like it," said the security chief, Per Gustafson.