The tourists were a family who included an elderly couple along with their 43-year-old son. The problems supposedly started when the son accidentally bumped into a member of the Thai gang who attacked them.
Based on comments, it seems that overall most people that visited Turkey left having had a positive experience. Others seemed to feel that it was not a safe country to visit or would think again about doing so in the future due to potential safety concerns in the future.
Another comment from a Turkish citizen in the US condemned the attackers and tried to explain what may have happened. He said this was an isolated incident and that the officers had bags placed over their heads due to an incident known as the Hood Event which took place over 11 years back. Continue reading Update: Attack In Turkey On US Navy Officers→