October 10, 2006

Strong Diamond Sample Results From Joint Venture With African Aura Resources In Liberia

– Detailed stream sediment sampling yields numerous positive results

– High interest mineral chemistry for kimberlite indicator minerals

– Diamond mining ongoing in positive areas

Mano River Resources Inc (“Mano”) announces positive results for its recently completed work programme over an area of some 400 square kilometres in western Liberia. The project is part of a joint venture agreement with private company African Aura Resources Limited (“AAR”) whereby Mano can earn a 78% interest in the diamond rights of the property through completion of a bankable feasibility study within four years.

Mano recently collected and processed some 80 stream samples from throughout the licence area. Many of these samples yielded abundant kimberlitic ilmenite with supporting garnet and chromite in at least five discrete areas of the licence. Artisanal diamond mining is currently taking place in three of these areas, but has been conducted in all five positive areas in the past. Mineral chemistry of the indicator minerals suggests that the source kimberlite(s) have diamond potential. Detailed follow up work has already commenced over one high priority target around the village of Israel, which hosted over 25,000 artisanal diamond miners in the 1970s.

Mano’s VP Exploration for Diamonds, Karl Smithson, comments: “These positive early stage exploration results are encouraging. There are so far no known kimberlites in this licence area, though these results and the presence of alluvial diamonds in the same areas would suggest otherwise. Mano once again has proven that western Liberia is a prime area for diamond exploration and through our various joint ventures and own land holdings we have secured licences covering over 16,000 square kilometres. We have so far discovered ten kimberlites, of which five have proven diamondiferous and are currently being drilled.”

Mano’s Qualified Person responsible for reviewing the content of this release is its VP Exploration for Diamonds, Karl Smithson, who holds a BSc in Geology from Kingston University in the UK and is a member of the South African Council for the Natural Scientific Professions

(SACNASP). Mr. Smithson has over 18 years’ experience in diamond exploration in Africa, working for companies such as De Beers, SouthernEra Diamonds and as an independent diamond consultant prior to joining Mano River.


For further information on Mano River Resources and its exploration programme, you are invited to visit the Company’s website at www.manoriver.com or contact one of the following:

Tom Elder President and CEO
Mano River Resources Inc.
+44 (0) 1235 810740

Justine Howarth/Ana Ribeiro
Parkgreen Communications
+44 (0) 20 7493 3713

Jamie Cumming
Bell Lawrie UK
+44 (0) 141 221 7733

Raz Hussein
Controller Canada
+1 (604) 689 1700

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About Mano River Resources Inc.

Mano is an exploration and development company focused on the discovery of diamond, gold and iron ore deposits in the Archaean terrain of the highly prospective, under-explored, West African Mano River Union countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The Company has a bankable feasibility study underway on what it is hoped will become Liberia’s first major gold mine, while in Sierra Leone joint venture partner Petra is already producing diamonds in test mining as it explores the Kono kimberlite dykes. The Company presently has some 18,575km2 under mineral licence and joint ventures in place with BHP-Billiton, Golden Star Resources, Navasota, Petra Diamonds, Searchgold and Trans Hex Group. In eastern Liberia, reconnaissance work is under way on Mano’s Putu iron ore project, with encouraging iron grades reported in the initial surface grab sampling over this 8km long prospect.

About African Aura Resources Limited

African Aura (www.african-aura.com) has an aggressive ‘first-mover’ exploration strategy, focused on the discovery of world-class gold deposits in emerging sub-Saharan Africa. The Company has prospective licences totalling over 4,200km in Liberia and Cameroon, targeting areas of active artisanal gold mining within classic Archaean greenstone and volcano-sedimentary belts. The Company is actively pursuing a number of additional growth opportunities in prospective ‘frontier’ terrains.