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29/10/2013 08:57 GMT | Updated 29/10/2013 09:52 GMT

Al Shabab's Egg And Spoon Race, Tug Of War Revealed In Bizarre Photos (PICTURES)

Bizarre photographs have emerged showing an egg and spoon race organised by Somali terror group Al Shabab.

The images, which also include a hotly-contested tug-of-war, are thought to be propaganda from the ruthless group to improve its image in Somalia.

Published on Somali websites last week, show young men taking part in sporting contests in front of crowds, while others celebrate the deadly terror attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi.

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Not your average egg and spoon race

Children feature in many of the pictures.

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The Guardian reported a Somali government official saying: "This is intended as a message they are still alive."

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Tug of war contest

Al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the September 21 mall attack, which killed 67 people.

Earlier this month, Kenya named four men believed to have carried out the brutal atrocity as Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr.

It is not yet known whether the men were killed when Kenya's military stormed the building.

African Union and Somali forces are engaged in a fierce battle against Al Shabab, seen as the frontline of the war on terror in East Africa.

Some pundits think the group is on the decline, saying the Westgate mall attack was a desperate move, but there have been recent signs it is regrouping, The Guardian said.