On the night of February 25, 1992, Armenian armed forces, with the support of the Soviet Union, began their assault on Khojaly. The town was surrounded on three sides and scores Armenian fighters poured in, overwhelming the few remaining Azeri Special Forces militiamen left protecting the civilians. Only one path of escape was left open and, in the middle of the night, the remaining civilians and militiamen fled their doomed town.
After trekking for hours through the bitterly cold woods, the group emerged near the Armenian town of Nakhichevanik. Almost immediately, the densely packed group was struck by a hail of bullets fired by Armenian fighters encamped on the hillside above. The small band of militiamen returned fire but were quickly slain by the Armenian forces. Still, the attack did not stop.
As a result of massacre, 613 persons were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people.