Aurizon Responds to Unsolicited Offer

Aurizon Responds to Unsolicited Offer 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Aurizon
Mines Ltd. ("Aurizon" or the "Company") (TSX:ARZ)(NYSE MKT:AZK)
acknowledges the announcement made on January 14, 2013 by Alamos Gold
Incorporated ("Alamos") of its commencement of an unsolicited bid
("the Alamos Offer") for all of the issued and outstanding shares of
Aurizon that it currently does not own.  
The Company is in the process of reviewing and evaluating the Alamos
Offer with its financial and legal advisors. The Company expects that
a special committee of the Board of Directors of the Company will be
appointed to assist the Board in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary
duties in respect of the Alamos Offer and making every effort to
maximize value for the benefit of Aurizon's shareholders and other
stakeholders. The Company recommends that shareholders defer taking
any action in respect of the Alamos Offer until the Board of
Directors of the Company makes a recommendation as to the merits of
the Alamos Offer. Shareholders will be promptly notified of any
recommendation by the Board of Directors through a news release and
circular in accordance with applicable securities laws. 
About Aurizon 
Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on
developing its exi
sting projects in the Abitibi region of
north-western Quebec, one of the world's most favourable mining
jurisdictions and prolific gold and base metal regions, and by
increasing its asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and
on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "AZK". Additional information on
Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at 
U.S. Registration (File 001-31893)
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
George Paspalas
President & CEO
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
Ian S. Walton
Executive Vice-President & CFO
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
Investor Relations 
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
604-687-6600 or Toll Free: 1-800-411-GOLD (4653)
604-687-3932 (FAX)
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