The victim was approached by two other boys in the Station Avenue South area of Fishponds at around 5.30pm last night. It is believed they took the victim into a nearby building site and assaulted him.
He was found by a member of the public who took him back to her home.
The boy was later taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital to be treated for injuries to his face and body, but has since been discharged.
Det Insp Steve Cartlidge said: “We’re treating this as a racially motivated crime due to words used by the offenders during the assault.
“Two boys, aged 12 and 11, have been identified and spoken to by officers and we’re arranging for them to be formally interviewed. The victim is due to be video interviewed to gain a full picture of what happened.
“Any form of hate crime will be thoroughly investigated and we will be supporting the victim’s family and keeping them fully informed of our progress.
“We’d like to thank the local community for the help they’ve already provided to us, as well as the woman who came to the victim’s aid following the assault.
“If anyone has information about this incident, or if you were in the Station Avenue South area of Fishponds at the time it happened, please call us as soon as possible.”
Call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5216197665.