The Tamil Tiger rebel group has accused government troops and members of a rival Tamil group of dragging 76 Tamil men out of their cars and homes and massacring them in eastern Sri Lanka.

Military officials and a spokesman for the rival group denied the allegation Tuesday, but residents of a nearby town said they had heard reports of a massacre from people who fled the area.The residents, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were told some people had been shot to death while others were burned alive with blazing tires around their necks.