Viking Gold Commences Drilling on Verneuil West Claims

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TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Viking Gold Exploration Inc. (TSX-V:VGC), the "Company", is pleased to announce that it has commenced a 7-hole exploratory drill program on its wholly-owned Verneuil West claim group, which is located in Verneuil Township near the town of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, in the Abitibi region of Quebec.

The purpose of this program is to explore the area west of the known Toussaint gold zone. This area has seen only limited exploration in the past.

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SOURCE: Viking Gold Exploration Inc.

For further information:

please contact Mark Edwards, CEO at (905) 752-2008 or visit the Company's website at: www.vikinggold.ca