Moroccan-born Québecer described how he spent the night in custody after misunderstanding

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Moroccan-born Québecer Mohamed Belkhadir said he had been clearing snow off the steps outside the mosque when he heard gunshots. When the noise stopped, he called 911 and entered the mosque, he said: "It was a reflex. You can't leave people when they're in need."

He said he was giving first aid to a friend when he caught a glimpse of a man with a gun. "I didn't know it was a police officer - I thought it was the gunman who had returned."

Belkhadir said he bolted from the scene. Only when police ordered him to the ground did he realise what was going on.

He was released hours later, but by then his identity had become synonymous with the attacks.