março 17, 2010

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — (MARKET WIRE) — 03/17/10 — Aura Minerals Inc. (“Aura Minerals” or the “Company”) (TSX: ORA) announced earlier today that the Company will be added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index, effective Monday, March 22, 2010. Aura Minerals has not been included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index, but will be added to the S&P/TSX Global Mining and the S&P/TSX Global Base Metals indices, effective March 22, 2010 at market open. Aura Minerals is also part of the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index and the S&P BMI Canada Index.

About Aura Minerals Inc.

Aura Minerals is a Canadian resource company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development and operation of gold and base metal projects in the Americas. The Company’s portfolio includes the San Andres Gold Mine in Honduras, the copper-gold-silver Aranzazu Project in Mexico, and the feasibility-stage Serrote Deposit at the copper-gold-iron ore Arapiraca Project in Brazil. In addition, the Company has agreed to acquire the producing Sao Francisco and Sao Vicente gold mines in Brazil, subject to regulatory approvals.

Cautionary Statement:

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include those risks set out in Aura Minerals’ public documents filed on SEDAR at Although Aura Minerals believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Aura Minerals disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

Contacts: Aura Minerals Inc.

Patrick Downey President & Chief Executive Officer (604) 669-4777 (604) 696-0212 (FAX)