Two men have appeared in court in Belfast, charged with possessing an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

38-year-old Francis Carleton of Conor Rise in the city and Barry Boardman, aged 43 and of no fixed abode, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court earlier today.

The men were arrested on Thursday in the University area of the city by police investigating dissident republican activity.

A detective constable told today's hearing he could connect the two men with the alleged offence.

Lawyers for Mr Carleton said their client was 'an innocent taxi driver, collecting a fare' when he was arrested.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear in court again in four weeks' time.