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Intrepid Mines Limited

June 28, 2011 11:33 ET

Intrepid Mines Limited: Tujuh Bukit Indonesia

No Injuries as Illegal Miners Interrupt Gunung Manis Drilling

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Intrepid Mines Limited (TSX:IAU)(ASX:IAU) ("the Company") reports that a group of illegal miners has damaged a small fly camp and drill rig being used by the Company to test an epithermal gold target on Gunung Manis near the eastern border of the Tujuh Bukit Project in Indonesia. The area had been evacuated shortly before the camp and equipment were set on fire on the morning of 28th June and no injuries were reported.

Groups of illegal miners – many of whom have come from outside the local area – have been extracting small amounts of gold from Gunung Manis over a period of several years. Gunung Manis is one of several mineralised targets identified thus far on the approximately 11,000 hectare Tujuh Bukit project's lease.

Intrepid and its Indonesian partner, PT IMN, have been working extensively with local authorities looking for a peaceful and equitable resolution to the issue. The Company had only begun drilling on Gunung Manis earlier this month after an agreement had been reached with the illegal miners as to how the drilling would be conducted. An investigation into this latest incident has been initiated.

"As unfortunate and unexpected as this incident was, it will have no impact on our main operations at Tujuh Bukit," said Brad Gordon, Intrepid's CEO. "It is also worth noting that none of our other resource areas or targets are subject to this illegal activity, which is some four kilometres from the main project area. The other six drill rigs are continuing to operate at Tumpangpitu and Candrian and no further interruptions are expected."

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Forestry Activities

The Indonesian Forestry Law restricts non forestry activities within protected forests and prohibits mining using an open pit method in protected forest areas. The area of the Porphyry copper-gold resource estimate, and the Zone A, Zone B and Zone C oxide resource estimate areas fall within a protected forest area. Intrepid's Alliance partner, PT IMN, is working with relevant Indonesian authorities regarding a potential review of forest land status. There is no assurance that the forestry reclassification will take place in this instance. PT IMN received an extension of the Forestry Exploration Permit dated 7 July 2010, which allows for exploration activities within forestry areas.

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