African Aura Resources Ltd. - Further encouraging results from Nkout iron project



    
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    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - African Aura Resources Ltd. ("African Aura" or
the "Company", TSX-V: AAZ), an exploration company with iron, gold and uranium
exploration activities in Cameroon and Liberia, announces that it has received
initial results from further reconnaissance at the Nkout iron project on the
1,000km(2) Djoum licence in southern Cameroon.

    
    -   Strike of iron mineralisation extended to 8km at Nkout
    -   Reconnaissance samples return assays up to 68% Fe averaging 55% Fe
    -   Further prospects on contiguous Akonolinga and Essong licences
    -   Project strategically well located 150km northwest of 2.4 Bt Mbalam
        deposit
    -   Merger with Mano River Resources Inc update
    

    Nkout iron project reconnaissance results

    In April 2009, the Company retained GT Exploration Services of South
Africa to undertake a reconnaissance sampling and mapping programme at the
Nkout project in order to define areas for initial drill testing along Nkout
ridge which is co-incident with an intense, 12km long aeromagnetic dipole.
Reconnaissance exploration was also completed across iron targets highlighted
by geophysical data on the contiguous Akonolinga and Essong licences.
    Mapping has shown that the Nkout iron project comprises several hills
which form a 12km, east-west striking discontinuous ridge. A total of 191
samples were taken, the first two batches of which returned a maximum grade of
68% iron and an average grade of 55% iron, excluding five samples of
granite-gneiss country rock as detailed in Table 1. These assay results extend
the strike of the iron rich section of Nkout to more than 8km as well as
confirming the results obtained from an initial survey announced by the
Company in January 2009. Detailed X-ray diffraction and optical microscopy on
these previous samples showed that they comprise mainly high grade haematite
and magnetite.

    
    Table 1. Assay results from reconnaissance samples at Nkout
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    Number of
     samples          % Fe         Main component(s)               Rock type
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    39               54-68                 Fe(2)O(3)    Haematite/ magnetite
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    11               37-43        Fe(2)O(3) + SiO(2)                     BIF
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    5       (less than)10%                    SiO(2)          Granite-gneiss
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    The remaining assay results from Nkout and the surrounding targets are
expected in due course. Meanwhile an overview map showing the Nkout project
and results received to date is available on the company's website at
http://www.african-aura.com/s/Nkout.asp.

    Further iron prospects identified

    This phase of reconnaissance mapping and sampling has confirmed four new
iron prospects:
    
    -   Ngoa Hill, located 3km to the south of Nkout on the adjacent 70%
        African Aura owned Essong licence; and
    -   Akom Hills, being three areas to the northwest of Nkout on the
        contiguous 100% owned Akonolinga licence.
    

    Ngoa is approximately 2km long and stands some 100m higher than Nkout.
Its flanks are strewn with a high proportion of enriched banded iron formation
("BIF") float with haematite +/- magnetite contents visually estimated between
70% and 100%.
    The Akom Hills prospects cover a discontinuous strike length of
approximately 20km based on interpreted airborne geophysical data. Mapping of
the prospects has identified three separate BIF occurrences with a combined
strike length of approximately 8km. Samples were collected over these
occurrences including an outcrop of iron rich BIF.
    Assay results from Ngoa and Akom areas are expected shortly and will be
announced upon receipt and interpretation. A map showing the location of the
prospects is available on the Company's website at
http://www.african-aura.com/s/Nkout.asp.
    A reconnaissance diamond drilling programme is being planned based on the
results, with an initial 23 holes sited at Nkout and a further six holes sited
on the Ngoa prospect.

    John Gray, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

    "We remain highly encouraged by ore grade assay results obtained from
samples taken during this latest phase of reconnaissance, which covered an 8km
section of the 12km long Nkout prospect, and the potential for further iron
deposits at Ngoa and Akom. All these areas occur within a recognised iron ore
province close to existing infrastructure and indicate the potential for a
commercial deposit of significant total tonnage. Furthermore, all these areas
are located close to the potential rail route between the 2.4 billion tonne
Mbalam iron deposit to the southeast, and the proposed deep water port at
Kribi on the Atlantic coast.
    Separately, I am pleased to confirm that African Aura and Mano River are
close to signing the definitive transaction agreement for the merger of our
two companies and we look forward to providing shareholders with an update
shortly."

    About the Nkout iron project

    The Nkout iron prospect is located on the 1,000km(2) Djoum licence which
is held by the Company's 100% owned subsidiary Caminex SARL. The prospect was
identified by interpretation of historic airborne magnetic and remote sensing
data which defined a 12km long discontinuous ridge coincident with a magnetic
dipole hosted by Archaean age rocks. The Company considers that the dimensions
of Nkout and surrounding hills represent a potentially economic iron deposit.
The sub-region hosts a number of significant iron deposits which are currently
under exploration and development including the 2.4 billion tonne Mbalam
deposit which is under development by Sundance Resources Limited and located
approximately 150km southeast of Nkout.

    Oversight

    The exploration results and further planned work in Cameroon have been   
 reviewed and approved by Mark Biddulph. He holds a BSc Hons in Geology, and
GIS from Rhodes University, and a GDE in Mining Engineering (Mineral
Economics) from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mark is a
Professional Natural Scientist under the South African Council for Natural
Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and a Qualified Person under National
Instrument 43-101.

    Sample Preparation and Assay

    The Company employs independently owned and managed OMAC Laboratories for
all its assay requirements, including the preparation of pulps to 90%
-100micron at their in-country preparation facilities in Cameroon and Liberia,
followed by fused bead technique and XRF analysis at their main laboratory in
Loughrea, Ireland. OMAC is accredited to ISO 17025 by INAB (Irish National
Accreditation Board) which is a member of ILAC (International Laboratory
Accreditation Cooperation), and is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition
Arrangement. OMAC operates an internal QA/QC check assay programme using
in-house standards, reagent blanks and duplicates.

    About African Aura

    African Aura (TSX-V: AAZ) has a 'first-mover' exploration strategy,
focused on the discovery of economic iron, gold, and uranium deposits in
sub-Saharan Africa. African Aura commenced exploration in 2004 and has
established a portfolio of exploration licences totalling approximately
9,400km2, targeting areas of active artisanal gold mining within Archaean
greenstone and Proterozoic volcano-sedimentary belts. The portfolio includes
the 12km long Nkout iron project in southern Cameroon, the Batouri gold
project in eastern Cameroon, the Fula Camp gold project in western Liberia,
and a pipeline of significant prospects for drill testing, as well as numerous
other gold, uranium and iron ore targets that require follow up exploration.
African Aura trades on the TSX-V under the symbol AAZ.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release includes certain Forward-Looking Statements. All
statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein,
including without limitation statements regarding potential mineralisation and
reserves, exploration results, future plans and objectives of African Aura
and/ or Mano River, are forward-looking statements that involve various known
and unknown risks and uncertainties as well as other factors. Such
forward-looking statements include statements concerning the completion of the
transaction (including entering into the Transaction Agreement), the cash
position and market capitalization of the merged company, the merged company's
ability to complete future mergers and acquisitions, improvements to the
liquidity in trading of the merged company's shares, the merged company's
objectives and plans, and the intention of Mano River to change its name and
consolidate its shares. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to
differ materially from current expectations, including the failure of African
Aura and Mano River to negotiate definitive agreements, and delays in
obtaining or failure to obtain required regulatory and shareholder approvals.
There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and
actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Any forward-looking statements speak only as
of the date hereof and, except as may be required by applicable law, African
Aura and Mano River disclaim any obligation to update or modify such
forward-looking statements, either as a result of new information, future
events or for any other reason.

    The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered
under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities
laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent
an exemption from registration.

    For more information concerning the reports, or to obtain additional
information on the Company, please visit our website at: www.african-aura.com
and SEDAR's website at: www.sedar.com or contact the Company directly.

    
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    or accuracy of this press release.
    




For further information:

For further information: African Aura Resources Ltd., John Gray, Chief
Executive, Tel: +44 (0) 207 239 4722, john.gray@african-aura.com, Cell: +44
(0) 779 616 7811, www.african-aura.com

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