October 17, 2011

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — (MARKET WIRE) — 10/17/11 — Aura Minerals Inc. (“Aura Minerals” or the “Company”) (TSX: ORA) is pleased to announce that an updated resource estimate has been completed for its wholly-owned Aranzazu Mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico.

Table 1 below presents the updated resource estimate for the Aranzazu Mine at a 0.5% Cu cut-off and Table 2 shows the resource estimate at a 0.8% Cu cut-off. The cut-off is based on copper grades only.

The 0.8% Cu cut-off is being used for resource definition of the Arroyos Azules, BW, and Mexicana zones, which are actively being mined. The 0.5% Cu cut-off will be used to continue to assess the potential of the project to be ramped up to a bulk underground operation. The updated resource estimate is based on (i) in-fill drilling of the deposit in order to increase the confidence level for the overall system and ensure a minimum of 25 metre centres for ongoing reserve estimates; and, (ii) deep drilling that has extended the mineralization at depth. Since the September 2010 resource estimate(1), the Company has completed an additional 56,665 metres of drilling in 224 drill holes prior to the May 20th cut-off date for the updated resource estimate. Since taking over the Aranzazu Mine in June 2008, the Company has completed a total of 108,052 metres of drilling in 471 drill holes.

Table 1 – Aranzazu Resource Estimate – 0.5% Cu only cut-off ————————————————————————— Category Cut-off Tonnes Copper Copper Gold Gold Silver Silver Grade (‘000) (%) (‘000 (g/t) (‘000 (g/t) (‘000 Copper lbs) oz.) oz) (%) ————————————————————————— Measured 0.5 15,827 1.01 354,121 0.64 325 10.97 5,582 ————————————————————————— Indicated 0.5 16,463 1.20 436,367 0.44 233 16.12 8,529 ————————————————————————— Measured and 0.5 32,290 1.11 790,488 0.54 558 13.59 14,111 Indicated ————————————————————————— Inferred 0.5 10,976 1.04 251,099 0.45 94 14.09 4,971 ————————————————————————— Table 2 – Aranzazu Resource Estimate – 0.8% Cu only cut-off ————————————————————————— Category Cut-off Tonnes Copper Copper Gold Gold Silver Silver Grade (‘000) (%) (‘000 (g/t) (‘000 (g/t) (‘000 Copper lbs) oz.) oz) (%) ————————————————————————— Measured 0.8 8,338 1.36 250,215 0.82 219 14.06 3,768 ————————————————————————— Indicated 0.8 9,432 1.63 338,523 0.56 171 21.45 6,504 ————————————————————————— Measured and 0.8 17,770 1.50 588,738 0.68 390 17.98 10,272 Indicated ————————————————————————— Inferred 0.8 5,808 1.40 178,902 0.58 94 17.64 3,295 ————————————————————————— Note: Micon International Limited has recommended that Aura Minerals use the mineral resource estimate contained in Table 2 as the stated mineral resource estimate for the Aranzazu Mine as this estimate recognizes the use of a 0.8% Cu cut-off as the grade at which the mineralization would meet the economic parameters as defined by Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) standards and definitions for resources.

The tonnes of measured and indicated resources for the updated 0.5% Cu cut-off and the 0.8% Cu cut-off estimates have increased by 29% and 25%, respectively, as compared to the September 2010 resources estimate and based on similar average copper, gold and silver grades.

Commenting on the updated resource estimate, Mr.

Tom Ogryzlo, Interim CEO of Aura Minerals, stated, “We are very pleased with the results of the new resource update. We have seen a significant increase in measured resources over the previous resource estimate. With the wide and continuous mineralization system, suitable ground conditions and the fact that the Aranzazu Mine has a large and expanding resource base open along strike and at depth, the Company will be initiating a preliminary economic assessment study based on evaluating an expanded throughput rate of up to 5,000 tonnes per day (“tpd”) and possibly beyond. A throughput rate beyond 5,000 tpd would require a new concentrator and plant location. Preliminary work has already started, but the bulk of the study will take place during the first and second quarters of 2012. The expansion would be based on a low cost bulk mining scenario such as long-hole open stoping.”

Quality Assurance and Quality Control (“QA/QC”) Procedures for the Aranzazu Mine

The resource estimation has been prepared by Aura Minerals, under the direction of

William J. Lewis, B.Sc., P.Geo. of Micon International Limited, an independent Qualified Person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101. A report under National Instrument 43-101, disclosing the updated resource for the Aranzazu Mine, is being prepared by Micon International Limited and will be filed by Aura Minerals on SEDAR within 45 days. Mr. Lewis has also reviewed and approved the contents of this news release as applicable.

The mineral resource for the Aranzazu Mine was estimated by ordinary kriging for copper, gold and silver constrained by seven 3D solid models based on a 0.30% Cu grade shell within the skarn complex. Block dimensions were 5 x 5 metres horizontal and 5 metres vertical. The deposit has been tested by 976 core holes and 234 reverse circulation holes drilled between 1960 and May 2011. Grade estimation was based on analyses of 33,703 two-metre composites from 1209 drill holes. Statistical analysis identified high-grade outlier composites and a total of 28 Cu, 36 Au and 59 Ag composites were capped. Capping reduced the total Cu metal content by approximately 2% and the total Au and Ag metal content by approximately 3%.

Exploration at the Aranzazu Mine ceased on May 12, 2011 and was conducted under the supervision of

J. Britt Reid, P.Eng., who is the Company’s qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Reid has also reviewed and approved the contents of this news release as applicable.

Aura Minerals drilled at the Aranzazu Mine using both core and reverse circulation drill rigs. The drilling was conducted by Layne de Mexico. The reverse circulation drill used a bit sized from 5.5 inches to 4.75 inches. The core program used HQ-sized core and then stepping down to NQ-sized core as required. Samples were collected on a 1.5-metre sample interval. The reverse circulation drill cuttings were split at the drill rig. The samples collected consisted of an approximate 25-percent split of the total material recovered from the interval sampled. This material was shipped directly to the Stewart Group de Mexico sample preparation facility in Zacatecas, Mexico, and processed using the same sample preparation protocol as used for the core samples discussed below. Assays were completed at the ISO 9001-2008-certified Eco Tech Laboratory Ltd., a subsidiary of the Stewart Group Ltd., in Kamloops, B.C., Canada.

Diamond drilling core was logged, photographed and then split in half using a diamond core saw. Half the core has been retained off-site in a secure storage facility, and the other half was sampled, secured in sealed, labelled bags and then transported to the Stewart Mexico facility in Zacatecas, Mexico, and processed using the same preparation protocol discussed below. Assays were completed at the Eco Tech Stewart laboratory in Kamloops, B.C. The entire half-core and reverse circulation drill cuttings were crushed to 95 percent passing two millimetres, split and pulverized to 95 percent passing 150 mesh, split again, and a 150-gram sample sent for assay. Gold assays were determined by fire assay with an AA finish, over-limit assays are determined by fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Silver, copper, lead and zinc assays were determined by a four-acid digestion with an ICP-MS finish. Molybdenum assays were determined by aqua regia digestion followed by an ICP-OES finish. Silver over-limits were determined by a fire assay with a gravimetric finish. The Company systematically inserts certified standard samples, sample duplicates in a non-sequential order and blank samples in all batches of samples sent to Stewart Mexico and Eco Tech Stewart as a means of quality control. Additionally, Stewart Mexico and Eco Tech Stewart have their own stringent internal QA/QC protocols. Check samples were systematically sent to the ALS Chemex lab in Vancouver, Canada. Chain of custody of drill samples was maintained throughout the process with the use of numbered seal tags closing sample bags and third party professional transportation of samples to the laboratories. Each stage of sample handling was recorded in log sheets and receipts obtained from each party involved.

About Aura Minerals Inc.

Aura Minerals is a Canadian mid-tier gold production company focused on the exploration, development and operation of gold and base metal projects in the Americas. The Company’s producing assets include the San Andres gold mine in Honduras, the Sao Francisco and Sao Vicente gold mines in Brazil and the copper-gold-silver Aranzazu Mine in Mexico. Other significant assets include the feasibility-stage Serrote Deposit at the copper-gold-iron ore Arapiraca Project in Brazil.

For further information, please visit Aura Minerals’ web site at www.auraminerals.com.

Cautionary Statement

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. Except for statements of historical fact relating to the Company, information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, including any information as to the Company’s strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements are characterized by words such as “plan,” “expect”, “budget”, “target”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made, and are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other known and unknown factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the impact of general business and economic conditions, global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future conditions, fluctuating metal prices (such as gold, copper, silver, nickel and iron ore), currency exchange rates (such as the Canadian dollar, Brazilian Real, Mexican

Peso and the Honduran Lempira versus the United States dollar), possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in accounting policies, changes in the Company’s corporate resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development and production time frames, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life, final pricing for concentrate sales, unanticipated results of future studies, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, successful completion of proposed acquisitions, permitting time lines, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage and timing and possible outcome of pending litigation and labour disputes, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company’s Annual Information Form, dated March 30, 2011, under the heading “Item 4.2 – Risk Factors”. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates, assumptions or opinions should change, except as required by applicable law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information contained herein is presented for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company’s expected financial and operational performance and results as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented in the Company’s plans and objectives and may not be appropriate for other purposes. The reader is also cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. There are currently no mineral reserves on the Aranzazu Mine.

(1) The September 2010 resource estimate is contained in the technical report dated October 25, 2010, and entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report and Resource Estimate on the Aranzazu Property, Zacatecas State, Mexico” prepared for Aura Minerals by

William J. Lewis, B.Sc., P.Geo of Micon International Limited.

Contacts: Aura Minerals Inc.

Tom Ogryzlo Interim Chief Executive Officer (604) 669-4777 (604) 696-0212 (FAX) info@auraminerals.com www.auraminerals.com

Source: Aura Minerals Inc.