By the capture of the Kerkijahan settlement on 28 December 1991, the occupation of Khankendi was completed.
Before the occupation, defense of Kerkijahan was organized by self-defense units formed from villagers, the newly established group of military police and the National Army of Azerbaijan.
As a result of Armenians' attack with military vehicles and heavy weapons, those who defended Kerkijahan had to retreat. The civilian population managed to get out of Kerkijahan thanks to the self-defense units’ temporary resistance.
As a result of the occupation of Kerkijahan by the Armenian armed groups, 34 of 1,796 habitants of the village, including 3 women and 2 babies, were killed and more than 150 people were wounded. Two high schools, a kindergarten, library, club, telephone exchange building, 10 shops, a clinic, 15 manufacturing plants and other objects of everyday life were destroyed in Kerkijahan.