Gamal Fouda was about five minutes into delivering his sermon from his elevated pulpit to 200 worshippers when some of them started jumping and shouting after what sounded like three gunshots.

He wondered if it was some of the youngsters playing around or noise coming from the sound system, the Al Noor Mosque imam tearfully told the Herald in his first interview since Friday afternoon's terror attack.

But then another shot was fired, this time closer, and an Algerian man yelled, "Yeah. Shooting!" before he smashed a window.

"Then the shooting started heavily," said Fouda, who ducked down and hid