The United States is set to evacuate some staff and families from its embassy located in Niger after military officers seized power, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, even as the mission will remain open and senior leadership will continue working from there.

US Sets to Evacuate Some Embassy Staff, Families from Niger

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a final decision was still pending but it appeared likely.

“This is a prudent move in case the security situation deteriorates, and the core embassy staff will remain,” the official said. The official added that the U.S. personnel would be moved out of Niger by aircraft chartered by the State Department.