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Spectacular high-grade copper intersections from Blackthorn Resources’ latest drilling programme at the Mumbwa copper-gold project in Zambia have been announced.

This includes the best result at the project to date of 243m at 5% Cu.

Blackthorn Resources MD, Scott Lowe said: “We are delighted to report the best intercept at Kitumba to date with KITDD_027 returning a spectacular result of 243m at 5 % Cu, surpassing our previous best result in S36_038. Kitumba has yielded some world class grades, and we have great optimism about the economic potential for the Project. As Phase 7 nears completion we look forward to releasing the remainder of the assay results and an updated mineral resource estimate later in the year.”

Results come from infill drilling at Kitumba which has just been completed and assay results for the remaining holes are expected in the coming weeks. An additional exploration hole (KITDD_034) is currently being drilled to assess the potential for deep hypogene mineralisation as seen in hole S36-026 (which returned 41m at 2.31% from 569m) immediately north of Kitumba.

The drilling programme commenced in June 2013 and was designed to convert resources from Indicated to Measured category in the high-grade core of the Kitumba Deposit.

In the programme to date, 5,311m of diamond drill core has been completed, including all infill holes and the extensions on S36-026 and S36-028. Three rigs are currently drilling geotechnical holes and the deep hypogene target.

Blackthorn aims to release an updated Mineral Resource Estimate at the project later in the year.

The results include the best intersection achieved at the project to date, of 243m at 5% Cu from 208m to 451m at hole KITDD_027, including:

o   7m @ 19.5% Cu from 215m to 222m

o   7m @ 10.4% Cu from 241m to 248m

o   7m @ 11.1% Cu from 338m to 345m

o   8m @ 10.5% Cu from 357m to 365m

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