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Locked inside a steel cage, a former mental asylum patient and his brother pleaded guilty Saturday to killing nine German tourists and an Egyptian bus driver in a fiery attack outside a Cairo museum.

"Yes, this happened," each man shouted as the head judge in the military court asked if the charges were true.

Saber Abu el-Ulla, the former inmate, and his brother, Mahmoud, were charged with premeditated murder in the Sept. 18 shooting and firebombing of a tourist bus outside the Egyptian Museum.

Twenty-six people were wounded in the attack, which shook a vital tourism industry that had rebounded in recent years.

In public statements since the attack, Abu el-Ulla has said that he carried out the attack to avenge a cartoon drawn by an Israeli woman depicting Mohammed as a pig.

But Saturday, he told reporters he staged the attack because "Europe is preparing a damaging war against Islam."

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