SEMAFO Diamond Drilling Program Validation and Increased Upside Potential for
Wona Mineralisation At-Depth

SEMAFO TSX-SMF

MONTREAL, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - SEMAFO (TSX: SMF) today announced its most recent drilling results, validating a significant high-grade lode just below the bottom of the Wona north pit at the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso.

The Company's 2009 exploration program at Mana began in April. As at September 30, a total of 24,786 meters of drilling have been completed; drill holes WDC 80 up to WDC 146, which remains in progress. Assays results have been received up to hole WDC 137.

The current drilling program confirms the NE at-depth high-grade extension of the Wona zone. Initial reference to this potential mineralization was made in SEMAFO's press release dated March 24, 2008, while further updates were released on June 17, June 30, and August 8, 2008 as well as those published February 25, March 2, June 30, August 10 and September 10, 2009.

Recent drilling results validate the presence of significant mineralized zones at-depth, with some holes further extending the mineralized zones both laterally and at-depth. Hole WDC 122 enlarges the top main recognized lode, while WDC 131 enlarges the bottom. Hole WDC 125 gives more weight to the second parallel zone beneath the main lode as previously suggested by drill holes WDC 105 and WDC 108 (referenced in SEMAFO's September 10, 2009 press release). Hole WDC 130 on section 18100E crossed the Wona main zone with an intersection of 6.09 g/t Au over three meters. Even more interesting, however, is a second intersection some 100 meters deeper, located approximately 70 meters to the northwest at same elevation. Alterations and mineralization characteristics are similar to the Wona zone. Vertical projection of the new intersection correlates with a 700-meter long resistivity anomaly. More drilling should help identify whether the horizon is a parallel, relay or other. Additional drilling programs have been scheduled in order to better characterize both the surface and at-depth potential of the new zone.

The ongoing drilling program includes in-fill work in main zone, defining the second deeper parallel zone, a better definition of the new zone from WDC 130 and the continued search for new lodes.

The following table presents the drill results including the main mineralized intersections and high-grade values.

    
                         DDH Intersections At-Depth
                              Wona NE Extension

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    DDH No.         Section East          From            To   Au / Length*
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    WDC117                 15500           288         292.6       Tr. / 5 m
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    WDC118                 17600         201.5         202.7   3.8 g/t / 1 m
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    WDC119                 16850         600.1         603.1   2.2 g/t / 3 m
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    WDC120                 16300         273.7         285.2  2.2 g/t / 12 m
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    WDC121                 17300         210.3         212.3   1.6 g/t / 2 m
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    WDC122                 16950         146.8         151.5   3.2 g/t / 5 m
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    WDC122                 16950         165.8           169   3.9 g/t / 3 m
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    WDC123                 17200         441.5         446.5   2.2 g/t / 5 m
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    WDC124                 17150           207         225.6  3.9 g/t / 19 m
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    WDC125                 16400         390.2         398.7   5.9 g/t / 9 m
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    WDC126                 16750         190.7           212  4.1 g/t / 21 m
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      Included             16750         190.7         197.4   7.2 g/t / 7 m
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    WDC127                 17250           433           444  1.4 g/t / 11 m
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    WDC128                 16750           288         310.9  3.2 g/t / 23 m
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    WDC129                 17150           439           477  2.4 g/t / 38 m
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      Included             17150           439           446   4.3 g/t / 7 m
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    WDC130                 18100         250.6         253.6   6.1 g/t / 3 m
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    WDC130                 18100           353           359   2.2 g/t / 6 m
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    WDC131                 16750         307.9         317.9  3.4 g/t / 10 m
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    WDC131                 16750         373.9         380.4   4.5 g/t / 7 m
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    WDC132        Assays Pending
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    WDC133        Assays Pending
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    WDC134                 17100         145.2           156  2.3 g/t / 11 m
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    WDC135                 17100         218.3           236  4.4 g/t / 18 m
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      Included                           219.3           230  6.4 g/t / 11 m
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    WDC136                 16500         273.7         279.7   4.0 g/t / 6 m
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    WDC137                 17000         136.2         142.2   3.0 g/t / 6 m
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    * All lengths are measured along the hole axis; additional information
        is required to determine true widths.
    

The drill holes described above are presented on the attached longitudinal section displaying contoured grade-thickness product. The longitudinal schematic shows the mineralization trend along with previously reported drill holes and upcoming targets to be tested.

The drilling programs were designed and managed locally by Dofinta Bondé, Mana Mineral's Exploration Chief Geologist, supported by Donald Trudel, experienced mine and exploration professional geologist, and guided and supervised under the direction of Michel Crevier, P.Geo MScA, Geology Manager and SEMAFO's Qualified Person who has reviewed this press release for accuracy and compliance with National Instrument 43-101.

All individual samples represent approximately one-meter in length of core which was sawn in half. Half of the core is kept on site for reference and its counterpart is sent for preparation and gold assaying at the ALS Chemex laboratories in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Each sample is fire-assayed for gold content on a 50-gram sub-sample at the same ALS Chemex laboratories. In addition to ALS Chemex's own QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) program, an internal quality control and quality assurance program is in place throughout the sampling program, using blind duplicates, blanks and recognized industry standards.

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About SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa. The Company currently operates three gold mines in Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea. SEMAFO is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to become a major player in its geographical area of interest, while maintaining principles and strengthening relationships to increase shareholder value.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Forward-looking statements include words such as "should", "additional", "scheduled", "continued", "new", "trend", "to be" and other similar expressions. Factors that could cause future results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include our ability to continue or complete our 2009 exploration program at Mana, the possibility that additional drilling identifies whether the horizon is parallel, relay or other or characterizes the surface and at-depth potential of the above referenced new zone, mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and resources, delays and other risks described in the Company's documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Although the Company is of the opinion that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Readers can find further information with respect to risks in the Company's 2008 Annual MD&A, as updated in the 2009 First Quarter MD&A and 2009 Second Quarter MD&A, and other filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities available at www.sedar.com. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

SOURCE SEMAFO INC.

For further information: For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514) 744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408, blasalle@semafo.com; Sofia St Laurent, Communications, (514) 744-4408, Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744-4408, sstlaurent@semafo.com

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