Aurizon confirms no exposure to asset backed commercial paper

    Shares Listed:
    Toronto Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - ARZ
    American Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - AZK
    U.S. Registration: (File No. 0-22672)

    VANCOUVER, August 22 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ; AMEX:  AZK)
confirms that the Company has no exposure to asset-backed commercial paper.
All of the Company's invested cash balances are in highly rated liquid
instruments with large financial institutions.

    Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing
its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of
the world's most prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its
asset base through accretive transactions. It is estimated that Casa Berardi
will produce in excess of 1,000,000 ounces of gold over the initial six year
mine life. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol
"ARZ" and on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol "AZK". Additional
information on Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at

    Forward Looking Statements

    This News Release contains "forward-looking statements". These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding the Company's strategic plans, future commercial production, and
work programs. Forward-looking statements express, as at the date of this News
Release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations,
or beliefs as to future events or results and the Company does not intend, and
does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. We
caution that forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and
uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that such statements will prove
to be accurate. Therefore, actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Factors that could cause
results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed or
implied by the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to,
mining industry risks and hazards, environmental risks and hazards, risks of
delays in construction and other risks more fully described in Aurizon's
Annual Information Form filed with the Securities Commission of the provinces
of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and in Aurizon's
Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission. These documents are available on Sedar at
and on Edgar at

For further information:

For further information: David P. Hall, President; or Ian S. Walton,
Chief Financial Officer, at Telephone: (604) 687-6600, Toll Free:
1-888-411-GOLD, Fax: (604) 687-3932; Web Site:, Email:

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